LOS ANGELES - Washington State hasn't had many easy wins this season and hasn't had many at all over the years at UCLA.
Taylor Rochestie scored a career-high 33 points with five rebounds and four assists to lead the Cougars to an 82-81 upset of the 20th-ranked Bruins on Saturday.
The senior guard had five 3-pointers and made all 10 of his free throws to lead the Cougars (14-13, 6-9 Pac-10) to just their second win in Los Angeles in 53 tries.
"It was very exciting, for all of us," Rochestie said. "We've lost a couple of really close games and our coaching staff has been hanging with us.
"Today, to finally get over the hump, against a team like this, in an arena like this It meant a lot to me. It meant a lot to the team. It meant a lot to the seniors."
Rochestie scored 14 of Washington State's final 16 points, including a remarkable one-handed tip-in of his own miss and two 3-pointers.
"He's a fifth-year senior that nobody wanted," UCLA coach Ben Howland said. "He's a great story. I got a lot of respect for that kid. He's a great competitor. He willed them today, especially in the first half. He's a great player and I'll be voting for him, obviously, for all-league."
It was coach Tony Bennett's first win over UCLA in six tries and the Cougars' first win at Pauley Pavilion since beating UCLA, 55-48, on Feb. 5, 2004. UCLA leads the all-time series 94-14.
"This feels great because we've been close against UCLA so many times and been close this year in games so many times," Bennett said. "We matched them in scoring. I wish we'd score like that all the time. That would be fun."
Freshman Klay Thompson scored 15 points, all in the first half, and added five rebounds and five assists for Washington State. Senior center Aron Baynes finished with 13 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Caleb Forrest added 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
No. 22 Washington 60, USC 51 - In Los Angeles, Venoy Overton was still running his mouth after No.22 Washington beat Southern California.
Overton, who committed to USC before choosing to play for Washington, flapped his jersey and taunted both the fans and Trojans players throughout the Pac-10 matchup, even as time expired.
Quincy Pondexter scored a season-high 22 points and the Huskies (20-7, 11-4) bounced back from a conference loss to defeat USC 60-51 Saturday and stay atop the conference standings.
"I committed here and they probably still hate me," Overton said of the fans who booed him every time he touched the ball. "I just kept flashing my jersey and throwing up a W."
Justin Dentmon had eight points and Overton added seven.
While Overton was busy hassling players on defense, Pondexter was sinking shots. The junior was 10-for-13 from the field and had eight points in the last 5 1/2 minutes to help Washington reach 20 wins for the first time since 2005-06 when they were eliminated by Connecticut in the NCAA regional semifinals.
Pondexter's layup with 4:58 left tied the score at 50, and his turnaround jumper 22 seconds later gave Washington the lead for good.
The Trojans (16-10, 7-7), who lost at home for only the second time this season, couldn't find an answer.
"He really took over the game at the 10-minute mark and we just couldn't stop him," USC coach Tim Floyd said.