As Cody Riley collected the aggressive inflammation, the horror of Pauley's Pavilion rose, and the crowd were looking forward to another basket from the player who created almost all of the recent team. .
Riley delivered again, shocked by the expansion of UCLA's leadership during a 86-83 over-time win over Washington State on Thursday night involving the relaying sophomore ahead in the minutes.
UCLA baskets told the story overtime: Riley Layup, Riley Layup, Riley Layup, Riley Layup, Riley Putback. He put a free throw after he resorted to the first version and scored 11 of his 19 points in the extra period, helping Bruins to finish their maximum return this season after his early 12 trawling in the second half and four with 3:19 left in regulation.
“That is the definition of a cattle method,” said UCLA coach Mick Cronin from Riley, who made all five of his shots in overtime and nine of 10 for the game.
UCLA received the missing late execution when these teams met last month and the Cougars were in overtime. Bruins' guard Chris Smith, who lost the ball in the final seconds of regulation in that game, made a bottom line jersey with 16 seconds left in the second half of Thursday to tie the score and send the game to overtime.
Riley opened the extra period by means of introducing power where he went dirty, which put the free throw to the three-point play to finish. Bruins (14-11 overall, Conference 7-5 Pac-12) would go on to achieve the balance of overtime on their way to the sixth victory in eight games.
“As soon as I got the ball in the post and saw me entering, it gave me great confidence,” said Riley. “My colleagues got the ball right for me and I just got back and the ball went in, so it was good.” T
Many of the final minutes of Riley were extended celebrations. He earned a flying body lump from Tyger Campbell after passing from the guard a new point and from the bank in a plot to give a 79-73 lead to the Bruins. Later a playful slap was scrapped on the trout from Smith after Riley shot with CJ Elleby, Washington State.
He told UCLA's fresh guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. “He was a monster tonight. That's all I have to say. He was a monster. ”
Said Smith, who had 23 points and 13 re-concessions: “I loved him, bro. That is my dog. We got into the huddle and I like, ‘Man, play defense and feed Cody. 'We both did that and we got the dub’' ”
Isaac Bonton scored 23 points before leaving a late overtime injury and Jeff Pollard added 20 points to the Cougars (14-11, 5-7).
Cronin said that because of the difficulties he had earlier this season, each game was a competition for his team, which left the Bruins tender for making the NCAA competition an error of error.
“We need to play to ensure,” Cronin said when his team moved into one game in the PAC-12.
Washington State was appointed to be equivalent to a first round measure, having left 3-58 at its previous meetings against UCLA in Los Angeles and not been here since 2009.
Cronin admitted that his team was not playing urgently to start the game, which gave the Cougars 50% to shoot in the first half and put Bruins on the edge of a big step back after they win victory. out nationally before Arizona. terrible themselves.
“We are taking steps to be a very good team,” said Jaquez, “and be a team that other teams are afraid to play.” T
The Bruins made it through the non-congress of their schedule with poor losses (Hofstra, Cal State Fullerton) but did not perform well, leaving them well-founded to play Pac-12.
The traditional idea is that a 12-6 conference record is enough for PAC-12 teams to make the NCAA contest, but the mark might not be good enough for UCLA because of its early stumbles.
The only sure way for Bruins is to achieve the conference competition. Win Win No. 1 way in mind, thanks to Riley.
“It doesn't really matter to me, it's about the team,” said Riley. “We won and we want to strike and win a lot of games and go in the competition.”