UCLA grinds out 72-67 victory over Washington State

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Norman Powell scored a career-high 28 points, hitting a key 3-pointer with 1:34 to go, and UCLA grinded out a 72-67 victory over Washington State on Sunday night that gave the Bruins possession of fourth place in the Pac-12.

Tony Parker had 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, having lost his starting spot after he showed up late to the morning shootaround. Bryce Alford added 13 points and Kevon Looney 12.

The Bruins (18-12, 10-7 Pac-12) moved a half-game ahead of Stanford, which lost earlier Sunday. They want to win their last regular-season game against Southern California to keep one of the top four seeds in the conference tournament and earn a first-round bye. UCLA improved to 15-1 at home, including 8-0 in league games.

Josh Hawkinson had 21 points and 14 rebounds and DaVonte Lacy added 19 points for the Cougars (12-16, 6-10).