UCLA Drops Washington State 48-45
Jan 9, 2004
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - T.J. Cummings scored 12 points as UCLA got past adetermined Washington State 48-45 to go undefeated in Pacific-10 Conferenceplay Thursday in the Spokane Arena.
Dijon Thompson, who scored 11 points, sank a pair of free throws in thefinal seconds to ice the win.
The Bruins (7-3, 3-0 Pac-10) were unable to shake the Cougars, who trailedby a point at the half and hung with UCLA the rest of the way. WSU (7-6, 1-2)was trying for its first victory over the Bruins since a 67-56 win on Feb. 6,1993, in Pullman.
Cummings also led Bruins rebounders with 8.
Washington State took the lead, 42-40, on a 3-pointer by Shami Gill with5:10 remaining and the teams traded baskets the rest of the way. A layup byCedric Bozeman with 1:05 remaining put the Bruins up to stay 46-45.
UCLA jumped out to a 7-2 lead in a low-scoring first period, then held onfor a 20-19 halftime lead. The Bruins, which shot about 43 percent from thefloor, got 12 points off turnovers and 15 second chance points to WSU's 2.
Marcus Moore led WSU scoring with 13 points. Chris Schlatter added 11points.
The Cougars shot 37.5 percent from the floor, missing 13 of 17 3-pointattempts.
The Bruins outrebounded WSU 33-30.
The game was played in the Spokane Arena, about 75 miles north of the WSUcampus.
By JOHN K. WILEY
Associated Press Writer