Best of Times, Worst of Times

Talk about highs and lows – UCLA’s two 2009-10 matchups with Washington ran the team through the gauntlet of emotions.
The Bruins home matchup with the Huskies on Jan. 21 ended with a thrill, a buzzer-beating jump shot at the top of the key by former guard Mustafa Abdul-Hamid that gave UCLA the 62-61 win.
Just over a month later the Huskies turned their final home game of the season into a Quincy Pondexter celebration, as he was showered with constant adulation while scoring 20 points in a 97-68 win.
The 29-point loss was Howland’s worst as head coach at UCLA.
“That was a huge win obviously to beat that at home,” Howland said. “We had no timeouts left, which was probably a good thing, and Mustafa hit that shot. Then out there, we really played terrible. It was like a going-away part for Pondexter, who had a great career. That was really the low point of the season for us.”