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Pac-12 basketball: Bruins use fast start to pummel Huskies

UCLA's Norman Powell, who scored game-high 24 points, goes up for a dunk as UW's Quevyn Winters, left, and Donaven Dorsey look on. (Associated Press)
UCLA's Norman Powell, who scored game-high 24 points, goes up for a dunk as UW's Quevyn Winters, left, and Donaven Dorsey look on. (Associated Press)

Norman Powell scored 24 points, Tony Parker added 20 and UCLA led all the way in routing Washington 88-66 Wednesday night in Los Angeles to end a two-game skid.

The Bruins (17-12, 9-7 Pac-12) were coming off getting swept in the Arizona desert last weekend. They’re desperate to end the regular season with three straight victories at home to bolster their NCAA tournament resume, which lacks any wins over top-notch opponents.

Andrew Andrews scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half to lead the Huskies (15-12, 4-11), who have lost eight of their last nine and are just ahead of last-place Southern California in the league standings. Andrews was coming off a career-high 35-point effort in a win over Washington State.

Nigel Williams-Goss added 17 points for the Huskies.

UCLA improved to 14-1 at home and has won five in a row over the Huskies, who were making their first trip to Pauley Pavilion since 2012-13.

The Bruins raced out to a 19-5 lead to start the game and kept going from there. They led by 18 points on Bryce Alford’s dunk and were twice up by 21 points late in the first half before going into the break ahead 46-25. UCLA shot 64 percent and controlled the boards, 24-10, while holding the Huskies to 29 percent shooting.

Alford’s alley-oop pass set up a monster dunk by Powell, who had 13 points in the first half.

Washington tried to get back into the game with a rash of 3-pointers in the second half. The Huskies made 10, with Andrews hitting three, but they never got within single digits.

Oregon 80, Cal 69: Joseph Young scored a game-high 20 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the floor and the Ducks cruised to a victory over the Golden Bears in Berkeley, California.

Dwayne Benjamin came off the bench to contribute 18 points and tie teammate Dillon Brooks for game-high honors with 10 rebounds.

Oregon led just 39-37 at the half, but the Ducks outscored the Bears 41-32 in the second half.

Jabari Bird led four Cal players in double figures with 22 points.

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