Bruins sink Huskies at buzzer

LOS ANGELES — With the game on the line and the clock ticking down, Shabazz Muhammad always wants to take the last shot for UCLA.

This time, he didn't get the chance.

Larry Drew II ignored Muhammad clapping for the ball at the top of the key and launched a jumper of his own at the buzzer, lifting UCLA to a 59-57 victory over Washington on Thursday night, ending a two-game skid.

"The defense pretty much dictated it," Drew II said. "My eyes were on the rim and I just had an opening and had confidence in my shot."

The fall-away jumper by Drew II over Washington defender Shawn Kemp Jr. was his third game-winning basket of the season.

"I wanted the ball, but Larry is such an aggressive player," Muhammad said. "When the ball went up I knew it was going to be good. Everyone was attacking him. I knew he was either going to have something broken or come up with some scratches."

Drew II, the Bruins' lone senior, emerged from his teammates' celebration unscathed and glad that coach Ben Howland didn't call one of his numerous timeouts as the seconds ticked down.

"I don't think he wanted to slow us down," Drew II said. "He just let me go. Coach Howland had an idea in situations like that what I can do."

Howland said he probably would have called a high pick-and-roll for Drew II if he had used a timeout.

"He did a great job waiting until the final second to shoot the ball, worst case scenario we're going to overtime," he said. "That play was all on his own."

Shabazz Muhammad had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Bruins (14-9, 6-4 Pac-12). Drew II and Travis Wear added nine points each as the Bruins overcame their worst shooting game of the season to win. Drew II had six assists and is best known for feeding his teammates.

"I'm a pass-first point guard, old school if you want to call it that," he said. "We have so many horses and so many guys I can get the ball to and fill up the basket, I feel like my playmaking ability for others is equally or better than to put the ball in the basket myself."

Drew II made another big play with 1:26 to play when he stole the ball and found Muhammad alone at the other end. Muhammad took the pass and a step toward the basket before finishing with a one-handed dunk, part of his own 5-0 run for the Bruins.

"We weren't shooting the ball well at all," Muhammad said. "Him stealing the ball and for him to step up and hit that big shot, he's our senior leader."

Aziz N'Diaye had 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to record his 10th double-double of the season for Washington (13-10, 5-5), which has lost six of its last seven games. C.J. Wilcox scored 15 points and Abdul Gaddy added 13.

"We needed this game big-time, but it slipped away from us," Gaddy said. "We knew at the end of the shot clock we wanted to make Drew take a tough shot and we were going to bring it to make sure Shabazz didn't get it. We felt confident that if we could get to overtime we could win the game."

Arizona State 66, California 62

At Tempe, Ariz., Evan Gordon scored 23 points, Ruslan Pateev had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Arizona State held on to beat California.

Arizona State (18-5, 7-3 Pac-12) went up 16 points after a 17-3 run in the first half and kept the lead around double digits until the Bears (13-9, 5-5) tightened up defensively in the closing minutes.

Justin Cobbs hit a 3-pointer to cut Arizona State's lead to three and followed Gordon's two free throws with another to pull the Bears within 64-62 with 22 seconds left.

Gordon hit 1 of 2 from the line at the other end to give Cal a chance, but the Sun Devils forced Allen Crabbe into a turnover with 9 seconds left. Jonathan Gilling sealed it by hitting 1 of 2 free throws after that.

USC 72, Washington State 68

At Los Angeles, Byron Wesley scored 20 points and J.T. Terrell added 12 points before fouling out as USC held off Washington State.

Wesley sparked the Trojans early with 13 first-half points, but it was Terrell who ignited the Trojans (10-13, 5-5 Pac 12) when they needed it most. Terrell scored all 12 of his points during a 10-minute stretch of the second half. His 3-pointer with 5:26 left put USC up 56-53, and the Trojans held the lead the rest of the way.

Ari Stewart added 11 points for USC, and Jio Fontan had 10 points and a game-high 11 assists.


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