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UCLA Destroys Washington State 83-50

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The Bruins played a complete game forcing 18 turnovers on their way to an 83-50 rout of the Washington State Cougars at Pauley Pavilion.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State got off to a quick start in this game when ike Iroegbu hit a three-pointer just over a minute into the game.

Unfortunately for the Cougs, that was their only bright spot.

The Bruins came right back with seven straight points before Que Johnson hit Wazzu's second three-pointer of the game to make it 7-6. UCLA then scored another five straight points before Johnson added a layup to make the score 12-8.

Prince Ali added the next seven points for the Bruins giving UCLA a double-digit lead.

UCLA would add a few more points to their lead despite allowing the Cougars to get within 9 points twice while forcing 10 turnovers on defense in the first half as the Bruins led 36-23 at halftime.

UCLA shot over 86% from the line in the first half, making 13 out of 15 free throws. While they were only 1 of 8 on three-point attempts, they shot 50% from the rest of the field, making 10 of 20 two-point shots.

While the Cougars came out and scored the first five points of the sceond half, the Bruins didn't let up after the break. With the score 36-28, UCLA went on a 14-2 run to push the lead to 50-30 with fourteen minutes to go.

From that point, the closest Washington State would get would be 15 points following a Josh Hawkinson jumper with about eight minutes to go as the Bruins led 61-46.

In those final eight minutes, UCLA went on a 22-4 run to close out the Cougars by a score of 83-50, giving UCLA their most convincing win in conference play this season.

The Bruins forced another 8 turnovers in the second half to bring their total for the game to 18.

Isaac Hamilton led all scorers with 22 while Ike Iroegbu had 16 in a losing effort for Washington State. Bryce Alford added 12 points for UCLA while Thomas Welsh had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Aaron Holiday also had ten points and the bench posted what must be a season-high 26 points which is somewhat misleading due to the fact that Steve Alford started Jonah Bolden in place of Tony Parker who came off the bench and scored 11.

Overall, it's nice to finally see a complete team win from these Bruins.

Go Bruins!!!