The Huskies actually outscored UCLA in the second half. But they never got the margin back into single digits and therefore never really threatened.
And that's the way the Huskies kind of greeted it. They were disappointed that they let it get out of hand early. But sort of pleased with parts of their game, and especially the second half. Although it's hard to tell how involved UCLA was by then.
In any case, the Huskies are now 0-2 in Pac-10 play and headed to USC on Saturday. That sets up as a huge game for both teams, because the difference between 1-2 and 0-3 seems huge ... especially for the Huskies, who need a road win.
Star of the game: UCLA junior forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 17 points, with 11 of those coming in the first half when the Bruins took control. He also played athletic aggressive defensive and helped shut out UW guard Ryan Appleby.
Key stats: UCLA outscored UW 14-6 in points off turnovers in the first half. … UCLA shot 51.9 percent, UW 39.1 percent. … UW dominated points in the paint, 38-24.
Key run: A 9-0 UCLA run a few minutes into the game pushed the Bruins' lead to double digits for the first time, and a fast-break finished by with a touch pass from Russell Westbrook to Josh Shipp ignited the crowd.
Observations: Washington has lost 21 of its last 22 games in Pauley Pavilion. … After starting the same lineup for the previous six games – and going 5-1 – UW coach Lorenzo Romar made a switch Thursday, inserting Justin Dentmon for Joel Smith. … Washington came into the game ranked 318th out of 328 Division I teams in free throw percentage (59.5). On Thursday, the Huskies hit seven of 14 from the line. … UW senior guard Tim Morris scored four points, ending a streak of seven straight games in double figures. … New UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel was in attendance.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar quote: "Overall, we're making progress. I feel we can finish in the top portion of this conference. I think we started out Pac-10 play by playing the two more difficult teams in our conference. I like out team's progress."
UCLA coach Ben Howland quote: Luc had a fantastic game. this is the second year in a row that he has played great against Washington at home. Kevin also had a good game."
Next: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, at Southern California, Galen Center, Los Angeles.