SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Brandon Roy and Bobby Jones made sure that Washington rebounded from its earlier loss to UCLA.
Roy scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and Jones added 17 points as the No. 12 Huskies captured their 14th consecutive home win in Pac-10 play with a 82-70 victory over the Bruins.
Washington (19-3, 9-2 Pac-10) was in the midst of a nine-game winning streak when UCLA earned a 95-86 win at Pauley Pavilion on January 8. Off to their best start in 29 years, the Huskies pulled away from the Bruins in the second half of this one on the strength of their rebounding.
Paced by Roy and Jones, Washington earned a 43-34 edge on the boards, including a eye-opening 22-7 advantage on the offensive glass. The Huskies finished the game with 16 second-chance points to the Bruins' eight.
"They really crashed hard," said UCLA coach Ben Howland about Washington's offensive rebounding. "They got a lot of taps to keep it alive."
Clinging to a 40-37 lead with 18:06 to play, Will Conroy dunked and Nate Robinson completed a three-point play to ignite a 9-2 run for the Huskies. A three-point play by Roy pushed the lead to 56-44 with 13:03 remaining.
UCLA (12-7, 6-5) moved within 67-62 on a layup by Dijon Thompson with 4:59 left, but Roy scored nine points down the stretch to avenge the Bruins' 86-84 overtime win here last season - the Huskies' last lost in Seattle.
"When he was out, many asked 'what does he bring to the table,' and 'what are you missing,' and I constantly call him a provider, he just gives you what you need," said Washington coach Lorenzo Romar about Roy. "Tonight it was rebounds, he set people up, he got easy shots and he scored. He was a mismatch problem tonight. Next game it will be a different game, different personnel, and he'll find other ways to provide for this team."
Roy missed five games earlier in the season due to a MCL tear in his right knee. Even though Roy has played in seven of the last 10 games, he still needs to tend to his knee.
"He still has to ice, and I'm sure he'll rest it tomorrow," Romar said. "But I think we've seen that he has played for consecutive games without it being a problem." Roy shot 6-of-13 from the floor with five offensive rebounds and Robinson scored 16 points for Washington, which beat UCLA for just the second time in the last nine meetings between the schools.
"I think from a competitive standpoint it was important, because you want to win ballgames," Romar said. "But as far as some sort of haunted spooky situation, or a curse, I don't think that is an issue."
Thompson scored 22 points and Josh Shipp added 20 for the Bruins, who committed 23 turnovers in their fourth loss in their last six contests.
"The turnovers are something that has plagued us on and off all year, and they are a very good team," Howland said. "(They play a lot of pressure. But the lack of defense and rebounding for us, and their offense killed us."