The UCLA Bruins looked like they were going to beat a Division I team this season in a game played outside the Los Angeles area for the first time all season Thursday night, as the Bruins held a late lead in Seattle. But the Washington Huskies went on a 16-4 run to end the game to dash those UCLA hopes and defeat the Bruins 71-69 at Alaska Airlines Arena.
It was the eighth consecutive loss in Seattle for the Bruins (12-10, 5-5).
The Bruins led 65-55 with six minutes remaining but then went over four minutes without a field goal as Washington went on a 13-0 run to regain the lead. UCLA pulled to within two points and had the final possession, but Norman Powell missed a jump shot from the baseline that would have tied the game, rimming out at the buzzer.
Joshua Smith scored a season-high 24 points for the Bruins, on 9-of-13 shooting. Smith also grabbed nine rebounds for UCLA, who outrebounded Washington 34-29 on the night. Lazeric jones added 11 points and four rebounds for the Bruins.
UCLA next travels to Pullman to face the Washington State Cougars on Saturday.
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