After UCLA’s 86-84 loss to Washington, point guard Bryce Alford was asked why he and his teammates looked so unprepared to play despite hosting the Pac-12’s first-place team.
“That’s a good question,” he said. “I’m not really sure. I thought we were ready to play. Then we came out, and they kind of punched us in the mouth, and we didn’t react the way we were supposed to react.”
The Bruins trailed by as much as 19 points in the first half, and had their comeback attempt snuffed out when Andrew Andrews hit two go-ahead free throws with 3.4 seconds left.