College basketball: Last-place WSU upsets UCLA

Motum helps Cougars snap 19-game home losing streat to Bruins
2013-03-07T00:00:00Z College basketball: Last-place WSU upsets UCLAThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State was battling the loss of two key players and a two-decade history of losing at home to No. 23 UCLA.

But the Cougars got 20 points and 11 rebounds from Brock Motum and shocked the Bruins 73-61 on Wednesday night.

The win by the last-place Cougars broke a 19-game home losing streak to the Bruins that extended to 1993.

Royce Woolridge added 19 points for Washington State (12-18, 3-14 Pac-12), which also broke a nine-game losing streak that had put coach Ken Bone on the hot seat.

"It's nice to see these guys rewarded with a win," said Bone, whose team has repeatedly lost games in the second half this season. "It's a huge confidence-builder."

Jordan Adams scored 18 points for UCLA (22-8, 12-5), which had won four straight and began Wednesday tied with Oregon for first place in the Pac-12.

"We didn't come out with the emotion and intensity that we needed," UCLA coach Ben Howland said. "We didn't have the sense of urgency when so much was riding on the line for us."

Shabazz Muhammad added 14 points for UCLA on 4-of-19 shooting.

Washington State played without Mike Ladd (knee injury) and DaVonte Lacy (knee injury), their second- and third-leading scorers. Bone said Lacy is out for the rest of the season.

It didn't seem to matter, as the Cougars sliced up the Bruins inside for easy layups much of the game.

"We set good screens," Motum said. "Our guys were wide open for baskets."

• Stanford 83, California 70: In Berkeley, Calif., the teams brawled in the second half, but the game wasn't close. Game details were unavailable because the game ended just before press time.

• Villanova 67, No. 5 Georgetown 57: In Philadelphia, JayVaughn Pinkston scored 20 points to help Villanova beat a top-five team for the third time this season.

The Wildcats (19-12, 10-8 Big East) also beat then-No. 5 Louisville and then-No. 3 Syracuse and have put themselves in solid shape for at least an NCAA tournament at-large bid.

Otto Porter Jr. scored 17 points as the Hoyas (23-5, 13-4) ended an 11-game winning streak.

• Georgia Tech 71, No. 6 Miami 69: In Coral Gables, Fla., Marcus Georges-Hunt followed his own miss for the winning tip-in at the buzzer, and the Yellow Jackets prevented the Hurricanes from clinching the outright Atlantic Coast Conference title.

Miami (23-6, 14-3 ACC), which squandered a 13-point lead in the second half, lost for the third time in four games.

• No. 7 Michigan 80, Purdue 75: In West Lafayette, Ind., Trey Burke had 26 points and five rebounds to lead Michigan to the come-from-behind win.

Terone Johnson scored a career-high 35 points, and Rapheal Davis added 15 for Purdue, which has lost five of seven.

The Wolverines (25-5, 12-5), have won four of their last five.

• No. 11 Florida 66, Vanderbilt 40: In Gainesville, Fla., Kenny Boynton scored 15 points, and Pat Young added 14 as Florida (24-5, 14-3 SEC) clinched the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship.

• No. 12 New Mexico 75, Nevada 62: In Reno, Nev., Tony Snell scored 25 points, and Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk added double-doubles to lead New Mexico to its sixth straight victory.

• Iowa State 87, No. 13 Oklahoma State 76: In Ames, Iowa, senior Will Clyburn scored 20 points to lead Iow State to its second victory over a ranked opponent this season.

• Xavier 77, No. 16 Saint Louis 66, OT: In Cincinnati, Travis Taylor had 19 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, and Xavier never trailed in the overtime, ending the Billikens' 11-game winning streak and leaving the Atlantic 10 title up for grabs.

The Billikens (23-6, 12-3) fell into a first-place tie with No. 21 VCU.

• No. 21 VCU 93, Richmond 82: In Richmond, Va., Treveon Graham scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, including the go-ahead basket with 2:58 to play, for VCU (24-6, 12-3 A-10), which moved into a first-place tie with Saint Louis.

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