Larry Drew II made his biggest shot of the year on Thursday as his buzzer-beater lifted UCLA to a 59-57 victory.
With his team tied at 57 against Washington, the guard drove to the lane and pulled up to shoot a very contested shot. The ball ended up going right into the basket as time expired to give his team the win.
The shot followed a C.J. Wilcox layup to tie the game with 10.5 seconds remaining.
Drew only had nine points on the day in a game dominated by Shabazz Muhammad and his 22 points and eight rebounds. However, the North Carolina transfer made the biggest play of all.
This was a big victory for UCLA after losing two games in a row and three of four. The most recent loss was to rival USC in overtime.
Fortunately, this victory puts the team back into contention for a bid to the NCAA Tournament and a possible Pac-12 regular-season title.
The loss drops Washington to 13-10 on the season with a 5-5 record in the conference. Saturday's home win over Arizona State is the only victory in six games.
Although the Huskies got a big performance from Aziz N'Diaye—11 points and 18 rebounds—they were unable to overcome 19 team turnovers.
Things do not get easier for them as No. 19 Oregon comes to town. Meanwhile, UCLA gets an easier home game against the struggling Washington State.
Hopefully for the Bruins, they will not need another buzzer-beater to win in the next time out.
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