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WSU Vs. UCLA: Cougars Lose To Bruins 78-46

The game was such a blowout, Ben Howland took time to eat this imaginary 5-foot sub sandwich.
The game was such a blowout, Ben Howland took time to eat this imaginary 5-foot sub sandwich.

For the second consecutive game, WSU was unable to hold onto a lead ultimately falling to UCLA 78-46.

The Cougars dominated the first 3:04 of the game, jumping out to a 5-0 lead while holding UCLA to an unbelievable .000 shooting percentage. Poor free throw and 3-point shooting ultimately caught up to WSU and they were unable to hold the lead over the final 36:54 of the game. UCLA cut into the lead with a 78-40 run and WSU's late 1-0 run was just not enough to get back into the game.

WSU's shooting woes from the Washington loss continued with the Cougars making just two of their 13 3-point attempts. Dating back to the Arizona State game, WSU has now made just four of their last 32 3-point attempts. While their 10-21 effort from the free throw line was improvement from the second half against UW, the .476 percentage was still their single game low this year.

UCLA dominated in all of the statistical categories including a 26 to eight advantage in assists. The Bruins finished with a nifty 2.9 assist to turnover ratio, just a mere 2.3 better than WSU's 0.6 ratio. UCLA held an advantage in shooting percentage, rebounds, blocks, assists, turnovers and bench points. The only statistical category they didn't win was points in the paint which they ended up tied with each team scoring 26 points in the paint.

Brock Motum was the only Cougar to score in double figures with no other player scoring more than five points. Washington State has now lost seven consecutive games to UCLA. While the 32-point loss is ugly, it is not an all-time loss as the 1965 WSU team lost to UCLA by 52 points.

The men's basketball team returns to action Saturday against USC. The game is set to tip off at 3:00 p.m. and can be streamed for free on USC's athletic website.