SEATTLE (AP) – Andrew Andrews matched his career-high with 35 points, including five straight points midway through the second overtime, and Washington held on to beat No. 25 UCLA 96-93 in double overtime on Friday night in a game that featured 64 fouls.
Washington (9-4, 1-0) held on in the closing seconds of the second overtime to win the Pac-12 Conference opener for both schools on a night where the sounds of the officiating whistles dominated. The teams combined to shoot 90 free throws and five players fouled out.
UCLA (9-5, 0-1) forced both overtimes on 3-pointers by Bryce Alford. He hit the first with 7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 71 then hit another with 13 seconds left in the first overtime to pull the Bruins even at 83. Alford finished with 30 points despite missing his first 11 shots to start the game.
Washington had five players in double figures including 15 points from reserve Malik Dime, who scored eight straight for Washington midway through the second half when the Huskies were trying to hold their lead. Matisse Thybulle and David Crisp both had 13 points including key 3-pointers in each overtime. Crisp’s 3-pointer with 38.8 seconds left in the second overtime gave the Huskies a 93-89 lead.
Thomas Welsh added 19 points for UCLA, but was on the bench with foul trouble for much of the game. Isaac Hamilton added 15 points and Tony Parker had 11.
Andrews finally gave Washington a little space with a 3-pointer from the wing, and a steal and dunk for a 90-85 lead with 2:05 remaining. Two free throws from Alford and a putback by Welsh pulled the Bruins within 90-89, but Crisp’s third 3-pointer pushed the lead to four.
Parker scored quickly for UCLA, but the Bruins had to foul. Murray missed both free throws with 16 seconds left but Hamilton’s driving attempt to pull even bounced off the rim. Thybulle grabbed the rebound and was fouled, hitting one of two with 5.9 seconds remaining.
Washington learned its lesson, fouling Alford with 1.8 seconds left. He hit both — the second an accident when he was trying to purposely miss — and Andrews added two more free throws for the final margin.
UCLA rallied from six points down in the closing minutes of the second half, forcing overtime on Alford’s fallaway 3-pointer with 7 seconds left. The Bruins scored the first three points of overtime but Crisp’s 3-pointer pulled Washington even at 74. The teams remained even until Alford’s layup with 1:50 left for an 80-78 lead. Thybulle quickly answered with his 3 and UCLA missed three times around the basket on its next two possessions and was left to foul Andrews with 21 seconds left. Andrews hit both but Washington again failed to keep Alford from getting a look and his third 3-pointer with 13 seconds left tied the game at 83.
Andrews had a look to win it, but his 17-footer rimmed out.
UCLA: The Bruins lost its Pac-12 opener for the second straight season. Both were on the road. … The Bruins were called for just nine fouls in their last game against McNeese State on Dec. 22. They were whistled for 15 in the first half on Friday.
Washington: Dime had a season-high 17 points in his last game against UC Santa Barbara. He’s scored in double figures in three straight. …. Andrews scored 35 points last season against Washington State.
UCLA: at Washington State on Sunday.
Washington: hosts USC on Sunday.