Thursday , Feb , 09 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bruins defense stymies Washington State

Pullman, WA (Sports Network) – Point guard Jordan Farmar, who was a game-time
decision because of an ankle injury, sprang for a game-high 20 points to lead
the 13th-ranked UCLA Bruins past Washington State, 50-30, at Friel Court.

Arron Afflalo donated 12 points and three assists for UCLA (20-4, 10-2 PAC
10), which has won five straight games.

This is the first 20-win season for UCLA since the 2001-02 campaign.

The defense was the main catalyst for this win, as the Bruins held
Washington State to just 27.5 percent shooting on the night.

Aron Baynes scored 10 points and had eight rebounds in a losing effort. No
other player had more than four points for the Cougars (10-10, 3-8), who have
lost seven of their last eight contests.

UCLA stormed out to a 26-12 halftime lead, holding Washington State to just 6-
of-23 shooting (26.1 percent) over the first 20 minutes.

The Cougars did not shoot a single free throw in the first half, and went 0-
for-4 from behind the arc.

The Bruins, meanwhile, shot 50 percent from the floor in the opening stanza.

UCLA started the game on a 14-0 run.

Farmar took over in the second half and helped extend the Bruins advantage to
36-18 midway through the first half with four consecutive field goals for his

The Cougars never seriously threatened for the rest of the game.

Game Notes

UCLA owns a commanding 89-13 advantage in the all-time series with Washington
State, including four straight wins over the Cougars…Earlier this season,
the Bruins squeaked out a narrow 63-61 decision over Washington State…Robbie
Cowgill was just 1-of-11 from the floor and finished with four points for
Washington State.