Bruins drop the Cougs in L.A. 81-74 - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

Bruins drop the Cougs in L.A. 81-74

PULLMAN, Wash. - The 5th-ranked Bruins beat the 4th-ranked Cougars 81-74 in Los Angeles Saturday. WSU is off to its best start in 91 years, and was coming off a 73-58 victory over USC Thursday.

Second-year coach Tony Bennett's Cougars are now 14-1 this season, including 2-1 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins are 4-0 in conference and 16-1 overall, with an nine-game winning streak.

The oddsmakers liked the Bruins and had them as 7.5-point favorites.

It was the sixth time in Pac-10 history that two teams ranked in the top five met. The Cougars have won just once in 50 road games against the Bruins.

Bennett coached his WSU team to a 73-58 win at Southern California on Thursday night. Of the Bruins, he says, "They're the measuring stick."

UCLA coach Ben Howland called the Bruins' earliest tip-off this season "a root canal without Novocaine."

The Bruins beat Washington 69-55 Thursday night, when preseason All-American guard Darren Collison missed most of the second half after bruising his left hip. Collison is expected to play today.

UCLA has won six straight in the series, but four games have been decided by three points or less.