“It looked like we had several guys not into the game and not ready to play,” Alford said. “That falls on me. I didn’t see that and didn’t get that read in practice, but we had a lot of them that were very out of character in the first half.”
For the second straight year, UCLA stumbled in its Pac-12 opener.
The No. 25 Bruins hung on for two overtimes at Washington on Friday night, but couldn’t force a third in a 96-93 loss in Seattle. It marked the Huskies’ first win against Steve Alford, leaving USC as the only Pac-12 team that has yet to beat the third-year UCLA coach.
Alford is now 7-12 in conference road games with the Bruins. He has yet to sweep a series away from Pauley Pavilion.
Washington guard Andrew Andrews tied his career high with a game-high 35 points, shooting seven of 19 from the field and 17 of 19 from the line. The senior, who leads the Pac-12 in scoring, was responsible for seven of of UW’s final 11 points.
UCLA point guard Bryce Alford started the night by missing 12 of his first 13 shots, but drilled a pair of threes in the final 22 seconds of regulation to tie the game. With 16 seconds left in the extra period, the junior hit a third. These were the Bruins’ only 3-pointers of the night.
Again!? Bryce Alford (now w/ 26 points) nailed this game-tying 3-pointer, pushing the game into double-OT. pic.twitter.com/gobR6UPLvJ
UCLA head coach Steve Alford talks about his team’s progress as they prepare to start Pac-12 play on Friday at Washington.
The Bruins are expecting the return of reserve guard Prince Ali, who has missed three games with a bruised knee, but forward Gyorgy Goloman — sidelined all season by a stress fracture in his leg — remains doubtful to make the trip north.