SEATTLE - Once they got word, the UCLA Bruins stopped with the hugs and handshakes on the court and raced into the locker room, huddling around cellphones and computers to get whatever updates they could on what was happening in Salt Lake City.
When Utah's upset of Oregon became final, the Bruins' locker room erupted with cheers; the Pac-12 Conference regular-season title was theirs alone.
"To go through all the adversity we've gone through this season, to be able to win it here is really special," coach Ben Howland said.
Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points, Larry Drew II came up with another huge shot against Washington, and No. 23 UCLA clinched the title with a 61-54 win over the Huskies on Saturday.
The day began with four teams still alive for a piece of the Pac-12 title, thanks mostly to the Bruins (23-8, 13-5 Pac-12) opening the door by losing at Washington State on Wednesday night, their first loss in Pullman in 20 years.
They slammed shut the hopes for anyone other than Oregon by suffocating the Huskies (17-14, 9-9) for the final 5 minutes.
• Utah 72, No. 19 Oregon 62: In Salt Lake City, Jason Washburn had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Jarred DuBois added 15 points and several key baskets down the stretch to propel the Utes to a win.
The victory marked a milestone in so many ways for the Utes (13-17, 5-13), who won consecutive Pac-12 games for the first time since joining the league. Oregon fell to 23-8 and 12-6.
• Oregon State 64, Colorado 58: In Boulder, Colo., Eric Moreland scored 17 points and Roberto Nelson added 15, helping Oregon State snap a five-game skid. It was the first-ever win in Boulder for the Beavers (14-17, 4-14). Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 points for the Buffaloes (20-10, 10-8).
• Washington State 76, USC 51: In Pullman, Wash., Brock Motum scored 31 points and Royce Woolridge added 25 as the Cougars closed out the regular season with an upset.
Woolridge hit five three-pointers and Motum three, helping the Cougars (13-18, 4-14) to their first winning streak in conference play this season with a sweep of the Los Angeles schools. Washington State defeated UCLA on Wednesday. T.J. Terrell had 18 points for the Trojans (14-17, 9-9).
• No. 14 UCLA 70, No. 5 Cal 58: At the Pac-12 tournament in Seattle, the Bruins (25-6) took a 21-point lead into halftime and held on, snapping Cal's 16-game winning streak. The Golden Bears fell to 28-3.
• No. 18 Colorado vs. No. 4 Stanford, late.