The tempo is good. The defense is nearly impregnable. The turnovers non-existent.
So why are the Cougars only up by four? Two reasons. They are playing the No. 1 team in the country, which means that even its worst game will still be pretty darn good. And Robbie Cowgill and Derrick Low have had to sit much of the half with foul trouble.
Low has been nearly perfect in the first half – other than the two silly fouls – with no turnovers and no misses from the field (3 of 3) en route to a team-high eight points. Josh Shipp leads UCLA with nine.
The Cougars are shooting 41 percent from the floor, unofficially, while the Bruins are hitting just 27 percent of their shots. Plus, WSU has been getting to the free-throw line, with 14 attempts (nine made), twice as many as UCLA has had.
We'll be back midway through the second half, then again at the end of the game with a link to the game story.