LOS ANGELES — wasn’t the Washington Generals that UCLA faced Saturday night — just Washington State.
Still, this was a day at the spa for the Bruins, a chance to work out the kinks. The 76-62 victory over the hapless Cougars was the sorbet between heavy courses.
But the Bruins’ play against the last-place Cougars (11-13 overall, 2-9) was solid.
They shot 62 percent from the field. The last time UCLA shot better than 60 percent was against Washington State in 2010.
Shabazz Muhammad had 17 points and Jordan Adams 14, as the Bruins had four players in double figures. Larry Drew II had eight assists and Kyle Anderson seven. UCLA had 12 steals, four by Drew.
It’s tough for Washington State to win against UCLA no matter where the game is played. Saturday’s victory meant the Cougars would have to sweep the next 88 games against the Bruins to even the series.
This one was over about the time the Bruins broke a sweat. They went on a 14-0 run, holding the Cougars scoreless for nine minutes, to take a 32-16 lead.
All the recent offensive struggles for UCLA evaporated.
The Bruins had shot under 40 percent the past three games. But the Cougars rarely contested jump shots and often gave safe passage on drives to the basket.