Men's Basketball Wins Final Exhibition Game
Nov. 15, 2000
Los Angeles - Earl Watson scored 26 points and Dan Gadzuric put in 22, grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds, as the UCLA men's basketball team won its final exhibition game of the 2000-01 season Wednesday evening, downing the EA Sports/California All-Stars, 81-78 at Pauley Pavilion.
Wednesday's game was a homecoming for UCLA alum Kris Johnson (1995-98), who led EA Sports with 20 points on 7-for-17 shooting from the field. He also notched a game-high nine defensive rebounds.
The Bruins actually trailed 42-38 at halftime, taking its first lead of the game with five minutes to play in the second half. Bruin freshman T.J. Cummings put back a Ryan Baily miss to give UCLA a 70-68 lead with 5:12 to play. EA cut the lead to two with 2:38 to go in the game when Tezale Archie hit a jumpshot from the top of the key to make it 76-74. The Bruins, however, made 5-of-6 free throws in the final two minutes of the game, holding on for a 81-78 win.
Cummings, who finished with 16 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field, was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, making two crucial ones with five seconds to go in the game.
Bruin sophomore Jason Kapono started the game, however ended up playing only six minutes after being inadvertantly hit in the nose. He will have precautionary x-rays tomorrow.
Next up for the Bruins will be Cal State Northridge this Tuesday at Pauley Pavilion beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Scoring:UCLA - Watson 26, Gadzuric 22, Cummings 16, Barnes 7, Young 4, Bailey 2, Flowers 3, Kapono 1 (81). EA Sports - Johnson 20, Archie 14, Martin 11, Langston 10, K. Higgins 6, Jones 5, D. Higgins 4, Wright 3, Miller 3, Lopez 2 (78).
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