LOS ANGELES – Trying to find some offense from Tyler Honeycutt has at times this season been like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

Maybe all he needed were some needles in his shin – and his back – and his hip.

Honeycutt visited an acupuncturist on Wednesday and it paid off on Thursday in UCLA’s 62-61 victory over Washington at Pauley Pavilion.

Honeycutt had 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in what UCLA coach Ben Howland called his best performance of the season. In scoring double figures for just the third time, the freshman forward hit all four of his shots and both 3-point attempts.

“Body-wise, today was the first day I can remember since I’ve been here that I haven’t had any pain,” said Honeycutt, who is averaging 4.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in 12 games. “I’ve been having hip problems, so yesterday I got some acupuncture. Got it in my calf, my lower back – (Thursday) I woke up and everything is feeling good. I guess it works.”

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