March 5, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Malcolm Lee hit four free throws in the closing seconds of overtime to lift UCLA to a 58-54 victory over shorthanded Washington State on Saturday.
Arizona's victory earlier in the day prevented UCLA (22-9, 13-5 Pac-10) from having a chance to tie the Wildcats for the Pac-10 title.
Washington State (19-11, 9-9) played without injured point guard Reggie Moore. But it nearly managed to break a home losing streak to UCLA that now stands at 18.
Faisal Aden hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 54 with 1:17 left.
The Bruins turned it over on a shot clock violation, but the Cougars gave it right back, and Lee was fouled while going for a layup with 6.9 seconds left. He made both for a 56-54 lead. Washington State turned over the ball on the inbounds play and had to foul. Lee made both for the final points.
Moore suffered an ankle injury in Thursday's victory over USC.