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Cougs fall to 2nd-ranked UCLA, 53-45

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Pullman, WA - Any hopes the Washington State men's basketball team had of grabbing a share of its first Pac-Ten regular season crowd vanished Thursday night in Pullman as 2nd-ranked UCLA beat the 13th-ranked Cougars, 53-to-45. The win wraps up the Bruins' second consecutive Pac-10 regular season title.

Arron Afflalo scored 14 points to lead a balanced Bruins attack. Kyle Weaver's 14 points led Washington State. After trailing by one point at the half, the Bruins made 11 of their first 14 shots to open the second half as they pulled away from the Cougars. Washington State missed its first six shots of the second half and did not score until Aron Baynes made two free throws with 16 minutes left. The Bruins shot 51 percent in the game while holding Washington State to 37 percent. The Cougars made just 8-of-28 from the field in the second half.

Washington State, which leads the conference with only nine turnovers per game, committed 10 turnovers in the first half and 14 in the game. UCLA leads the all-time series between the two teams, 91-13, and has won 12 in a row in Pullman.

The Cougars wrap up the regular season portion of their schedule with a home game Saturday against USC at 4:00 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN. Next weekend the Cougars will play in the Pac-Ten tournament in Los Angeles. KHQ will have live reports from the Staples Center.