Q-Pon Mclovin' T-Ro's LA mojo

LOS ANGELES -- Yes, Saturday's win at UCLA was a strange and wonderful thing for Washington State players, coaches and fans. After all, the Cougars had won just one of their other 51 games at UCLA, and the Bruins are 94-14 all-time against WSU.Even stranger than WSU's win, however, was the reaction it caused among the Washington Huskies.

U-Dub players, watching the Cougar game on TV prior to their game at USC, found themselves openly rooting for their arch rivals since a Cougar win helped Washington's title chances."We were WSU fans," said a beaming Justin Dentmon, the Husky guard.

Taylor Rochestie, who has caused his share of heartbreak for the Huskies over the years, made some new fans in the Husky locker room with his brilliant 33-point performance at UCLA.

"I've gotta call him and thank him tremendously," Quincy Pondexter said after Washington downed USC.

Pondexter, mindful that WSU visits Seattle on March 7, quickly amended his statement."He's going to try to do that (score 33 points) to us in two weeks," Pondexter said with a smile, "so I'll call him a month from now. He‘s a cool guy."

Later, Pondexter offered more kind remarks about Rochestie."He's a tremendous guy," said Pondexter, a junior forward. "I really like him."Pondexter again found himself amending his comments, albeit with a grin.

"You can't say that part, because of Wazzu fans and U-Dub (fans)," he said. "They might trade me or something."

Relax, Quincy. Husky fans aren't about to "trade you" after your 22-point game at USC.

NOTABLE:
The Cougars host the Arizona schools this week in two games that will be televised by FSN: Arizona at 6 pm on Thursday and Arizona State at 2 pm on Saturday.

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