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Final 2OT

Washington St 77

(6-6, 1-2 Pac-12)

UCLA 80

(8-3, 2-1 Pac-12)

    10:30 PM ET, January 6, 2005

    Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California

    1 2 OT 2OT T
    WSU 36 26 7 877
    UCLA 21 41 7 1180

    Top Performers

    Washington State: J. Varem 17 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    UCLA: J. Farmar 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl

    UCLA 80, Washington State 77 (2 OT)

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Whatever Ben Howland said to his UCLA players at halftime must have worked, because the Bruins wouldn't be denied no matter how long the game went.

    Dijon Thompson converted Brian Morrison's steal off Washington State's Thomas Kelati into a go-ahead breakaway layup late in the second overtime, and UCLA beat the Cougars 80-77 on Thursday after erasing a 17-point second-half deficit.

    "We talked about stepping up our intensity," center Ryan Hollins said. "We knew we were going to come back and win this ballgame by pressuring the ball and getting after them on defense--something we lacked in the first half."

    Freshman point guard Jordan Farmar scored 17 of his 19 points after halftime for UCLA (8-3, 2-1 Pac-10) and Morrison had 15.

    Farmar also had six assists, four steals and no turnovers in 46 minutes, after playing 27 minutes without a turnover during Sunday's 70-62 win at Oregon. The Bruins, who entered the game averaging a conference-worst 17 turnovers, finished with only 11.

    "That was a great comeback," Howland said after the Bruins outrebounded an opponent for the fourth straight game (43-39). "They totally dominated us in the first half, but we did a better job of being patient in the second half and did a better job defensively. This team has a never-say-die attitude. I was impressed with the character we displayed tonight."

    The Bruins, playing their first conference home game of the season, shot 8-for-25 in the first half and trailed 36-21 at intermission. For a while, they seemed in danger of eclipsing the school record-low of 41 points, set on March 14, 1996, in a 43-41 loss to Princeton during the first round of the NCAA tournament.

    "They did a good job of getting us out of synch," Farmar said. "We took bad shots, we hurried our offense and didn't play with intensity in the first half. They came out with a good game plan."

    Thomas Kelati had 18 points and Jeff Varem 17 for the Cougars, who nearly pulled off their second straight win at Pauley Pavilion.

    "It was a heartbreaker to lose," coach Dick Bennett said. "We broke down in a lot of areas, and UCLA made all the plays it had to make. We couldn't keep them off the glass and we couldn't keep Farmar out of the lane."

    Last February in their previous visit to Pauley, the Cougars won 55-48 despite shooting 36 percent from the field and nearly blowing a 14-point second-half lead. That win was Washington State's first ever here in 39 visits, ending a 22-game losing streak to the Bruins and a string of 46 consecutive defeats against them at Los Angeles.

    UCLA was held to a season-low 48 points in both meetings with Washington State last season, winning the game at Pullman by three points. The Bruins haven't scored fewer than 48 since Dec. 11, 1999, when Gonzaga beat them 59-43.

    UCLA turned it around in the second half and forced overtime with a closing 23-9 run. Farmar hit a 3-pointer that gave the Bruins a 69-64 lead with 1:19 left in the first OT. But Kelati beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer after Hollins missed both free throws at the other end with 6.1 seconds on the clock, and the teams went to a second extra period.

    Washington State (6-6, 1-1 Pac-10) did not make a field goal after Thompson's go-ahead basket in the second OT, and he clinched the victory with three free throws in the final 25 seconds.

    The Bruins had a chance to take their first lead of the game with less than three minutes left in regulation, but Thompson, Farmar and Josh Shipp all missed 3-point shots on the same possession. After Hollins made one of two free throws to tie it at 59-all, the Bruins got a stop at the other end and Varem swatted away Farmar's driving layup.

    The Bruins finally pulled ahead 61-59 for their first lead on Thompson's putback of Morrison's missed 3-point shot, but Kelati responded with a 3-pointer just 15.5 seconds from the end of regulation to give the Cougars a one-point edge. Shipp made one of two free throws for UCLA, and Hollins blocked Kyle Weaver's bid for a go-ahead layup with three seconds on the clock, sending the game into overtime.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    WSU
    UCLA
    Points 77 80
    FG Made-Attempted 32-67 (.478) 27-63 (.429)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-22 (.273) 7-21 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-13 (.538) 19-32 (.594)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 17 3

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