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UW-WSU rematch in Pac-10 tourney Thursday

UCLA's come-from-behind win at Washington State assured the Bruins of the No. 2 seed in the Pac-10 tournament next week in Los Angeles.

The Huskies will finish as the No. 3 seed, regardless of the result in their 7:30 game tonight against USC.

Also regardless of other results, the Huskies will open the Pac-10 tournament against No. 6 seed Washington State -- the only school to sweep UW during the regular season. That game will begin at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Staples Center.

Despite the home and road wins by the Cougars, coach Lorenzo Romar has said he doesn't believe WSU poses any particular matchup problem for UW.

“They beat us but I don’t think it’s a bad matchup,” he said. “Their strength is their perimeter, and we have a pretty good perimeter as well. They’ve got a big guy underneath that’s pretty good, and I think we have one that’s pretty good. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad matchup.”

Here's are today's postgame notes from Washington State:

Final Score: UCLA 58, Washington State 54Washington State Notes: * Brock Motum led the team with 15 points and was 6-for-10 from the field. * Ben Loewen got his first career start and played a career-high 21 minutes…previous high in a Pac-10 game was three against UCLA at home last year…career high was 14…the redshirt junior was honored for senior day. * Freshman walk-on Will DiIorio scored the first Pac-10 points of his career…finished with two points, two rebounds and three assists. * Two of the seven players to see action for the Cougars Saturday on walk-ons (Loewen and DiIorio). * WSU fell to 15-2 when leading at the half while UCLA improved to 4-7 when trailing at half. * WSU held UCLA to its second fewest points in a first half this season, 19 tonight…its low is 18. * WSU 1-2 in overtime games this year and 2-4 in OT under head Coach Ken Bone.