LOS ANGELES – Chris Smith scored 20 points and Cody Riley added 15 points and seven rebounds as UCLA rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit for a 67-57 win over Washington on Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion.
It was UCLA’s second consecutive comeback victory. The Bruins rallied from a 50-38 deficit to beat Washington State 86-83 in overtime on Thursday.
UCLA went on a 9-0 run to take a 58-51 lead. Tyger Campbell’s steal led to a Smith 3-pointer that gave the Bruins their first lead of the second half at 53-51 with 6:11 left. Smith and David Singleton each had 3-pointers in that run.
UCLA (15-11, 8-5 Pac-12) has won three straight games and seven of its past nine after a 1-3 start in conference play.
Isaiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniels each had 15 points for Washington (12-14, 2-11), which has lost eight consecutive games. Stewart added 10 rebounds and two blocks.
The Huskies closed the first half with a 9-2 run to take a 34-27 halftime lead before Marcus Tsohonis hit a 3-pointer and Stewart threw down a dunk, making it a 12-point lead about 90 seconds after the break.
UCLA scored 11 of the next 13 points, cutting its deficit to 41-38. Riley made a 3-pointer, a tough basket inside and two free throws during that stretch.
After scoring 11 points in overtime to lift UCLA to a win over Washington State on Thursday, Riley continued to earn more playing time, though he didn’t start.
Stewart tied the school record for blocks by a freshman in a single season. Stewart has 55 blocks this season, as did Marquese Chriss in the 2015-16 season.
This was UCLA’s first regular-season sweep of Washington since the 2016-17 season.
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