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UCLA beats Washington 75-69

By Beth Harris

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 3 2012 2:30 p.m. MST

UCLA head coach Ben Howland reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington, Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Los Angeles.

Jason Redmond, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Lazeric Jones scored 20 points, twice hitting go-ahead baskets in the final 8:39, and UCLA defeated Washington 75-69 on Saturday to prevent the Huskies from clinching the Pac-12 regular-season title outright.

Travis Wear had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Tyler Lamb added 14 points for the Bruins (18-13, 11-7), who were picked to win the league title but have stumbled through a disappointing season. Unless they win next week's Pac-12 tournament, they're destined to miss the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years.

C.J. Wilcox scored 22 points and Terrence Ross added 14 for the Huskies (21-9, 14-4). The loss allows second-place California to grab a share of the league title with a win at Stanford on Sunday.

California also would earn the league tournament's top seed by virtue of a tiebreak because the Golden Bears beat the Huskies in their only regular-season meeting.

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