After lifting the weight of a seven-game losing streak, the Huskies fell back to earth Wednesday night with an 88-66 drubbing courtesy of UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. Andrew Andrews and the rest of his teammates were unable to carry over the momentum of Sunday’s game-winning shot against against Washington State.
The tandem of Norman Powell and Tony Parker on the perimeter proved too much for the Huskies (15-12, 4-11) to handle. The duo combined for 44 points on 21-for-29 shooting.
The Bruins shot 64.5 percent from the field in the first half in building a 46-25 halftime lead. They opened with a 19-5 run through the first six minutes and never looked back.
It only got worse in the second half as UCLA (17-10, 9-7) continued its torrid shooting, taking a 67-36 lead at the 11:00 mark. Whether outside or insideor, Washington showed no ability to defend the Bruins assortment of scorers.
Sophomore guard Isaac Hamilton added 16 points and 10 assists. Forward Kevin Looney had nine points and seven rebounds and the UCLA bench added 12 points. The Bruins held Washington to 38 percent field-goal shooting. Andrews had a team-high 18 points while point guard Nigel Williams-Goss dropped in 17 points.
UCLA also dominated Washington on the glass 42-20. One Husky being counted on to make a difference in that category was a non-factor.
In his second game back since arthroscopic knee surgery, Jernard Jarreau played 16 minutes without scoring. He had more fouls (four) than rebounds (three). When the 6-foot-10 Jarreau sat, the Huskies often employed a four- or five-guard lineup that the taller, quicker Bruins exploited.
UCLA entered Wednesday’s game needing wins to boost their NCAA Tournament profile nearly as much as the Huskies. The Bruins lost three of their previous five games including consecutive road losses to the Arizona schools last week.
Washington concludes its road trip Saturday at Pac-12 doormat USC (10-18, 2-14).