UCLA Ploughs on Past Wash State 67-59

Bruins starters turn it up in second half in snow- bound series finale
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2008 3:19 AM CST
Washington State guard Taylor Rochestie, left, complains to an official about a ball possession call as UCLA guard Derren Collison signals UCLA ball during the second half of a college basketball game...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – At halftime last night, UCLA's Darren Collison had no points and his fourth-ranked Bruins were languishing in a 26-26 tie with No. 17 Washington State. But 20 minutes later, Collison had 18 points to his name, and UCLA was celebrating its 67-59 victory, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Bruins have beat the Cougars all three times the teams met this season.

Freshman phenom Kevin Love didn't disappoint, adding 16 points and nine rebounds to Russel Westbrook's 14 points. UCLA's success comes in spite of a tough journey north—heavy snows diverted the team's plane—and the lack of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who remained in LA to nurse a sprained ankle.