UCLA entered the Pac-12 Tournament with some momentum, having won 3-straight games to clinch the No. 2 seed.

After last year’s Final Four run, the regular season was lackluster in some Bruins fans’ eyes, but the highly talented team showed up in style on Thursday night in Las Vegas against No. 7 seed Washington State.

Andrej Jakimovski kept the Cougars in it for much of the first half, scoring 8 points by the under-12 media timeout, but a late first-half run fueled by Jules Bernard gave the Bruins a 40-28 halftime advantage.

They didn’t look back, cruising to an easy 75-65 win to advance to Friday’s semifinals.

Bernard finished the game with 19 points, only 3 off his season-high of 22 points. He got a few points in transition:

Including this nifty and-one:


But, Jaime Jaquez Jr. was the biggest catalyst for the UCLA offense, scoring 23 points and adding 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals:

Jakimovski finished the game with a team-high 15 points for Washington State, but it wasn’t enough, as the Cougars’ season likely came to an end.

Meanwhile, the Bruins looked like a Final Four team once again. Despite Tyger Campbell and Johnny Juzang combining for 8 points, UCLA was dominant. The defense held Washington State to just 8-for-29 from 3-point range (27.6%). UCLA, on the other hand, made 6-of-16 from long range and also out-rebounded the Cougars 40-25 on the night.

UCLA will face the winner of Thursday’s final quarterfinal matchup between No. 3 seed USC and No. 6 seed Washington when play resumes on Friday in the semifinals. The game will be played at 8:30 p.m. PT on FS1.