UCLA knocked off Washington 75-69 at the L.A. Sports Arena, keeping alive Cal’s chances for a Pac-12 co-title.
The Bears (23-7, 13-4) can earn a share of the regular-season conference crown by beating Stanford on Sunday. The Bears and Cardinal tip off at 2:30 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.
Washington (21-9, 14-4) clinched a co-title on Thursday with a win at USC, but scored just nine points over the final 12:50 against UCLA and could not take Cal out of the equation.
A win over Stanford would not only give Cal a share of its second conference crown in three seasons, but also secure the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 tournament next week. Cal wins the tiebreaker over UW by virtue of its 69-66 win at Seattle on Jan. 19.
Lazeric Jones scored 20 points to lead the Bruins (18-13, 11-7), Travis Wear had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Tyler Lamb scored 14 points to go with six rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Combined with Colorado’s loss at Oregon State, UCLA climbed to the No. 5 seed and will play rival USC in Wednesday’s first-round Pac-12 tournament game.
C.J. Wilcox had 22 points off the bench for Washington, Terrence Ross scored 16 and Tony Wroten 14. The rest of the UW team shot 5 for 22.
Elsewhere . . .
– Oregon State 83, Colorado 69: Ahmad Starks scored all 18 of his points in the second half — including 11 straight — and the Beavers (17-13, 7-11) clinched just their second winning season in 22 years. OSU will be seeded No. 9 and face No. 8 Washington State on Wednesday in the Pac-12 tournament. Colorado (19-11, 11-7) slipped to the No. 6 seed and will face No. 11 Utah on Wednesday.
– Oregon 94, Utah 48: The Ducks (22-8, 13-5) leaped out to a 34-2 lead and were up 52-14 on the way to their fourth straight win. Devoe Joseph scored 21 points for Oregon, which shot 15 for 31 from the 3-point line and will be seeded No. 3 in the Pac-12 tournament. Utah (6-24, 3-15) dropped to 0-15 in games away from home.
– Washington State 43, USC 38: The Cougars (15-15, 7-11) gained the No. 8 seed in the Pac-12 tournament with an eye-sore of a victory over the last-place Trojans (6-25, 1-17). Brock Motum scored 27 points for WSU and his teammates combined for 16 more. USC scored fewer than 50 points for the 11th time this season.