UCLA Men's Basketball Loses To Cal State Northridge

Nov. 21, 2000

CS Northridge 78, No. 15 UCLA 74

By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Parris scored a career-high 27 points as Cal StateNorthridge shocked No. 15 UCLA 78-74 Tuesday night in the Bruins' home opener.

UCLA (1-2) self-destructed with poor shooting down the stretch, while theMatadors (2-0) calmly put together a run when their double-digit lead shrank totwo with 3:28 remaining.

John Burrell added 17 points for the Matadors, who are just 3-22 againstPacific-10 Conference teams. They upset Oregon on the road last season, whiletheir only other win came when California forfeited its victory during the1995-96 season.

The Matadors, who won 20 games last season and are favored to win the BigSky Conference, had lost three previous games against UCLA by an average of20.6 points.

The Matadors used a 19-9 run over the end of the first half and start of thesecond to erase most of a 13-point deficit and trail by three. They took theirfirst lead since the opening minutes by outscoring UCLA 21-5, including 13unanswered points, for a 59-48 lead with 7:35 remaining.

The Bruins got within two with a 12-3 run, including two 3-pointers by RayYoung and a goaltending call against Northridge.

But Parris steadied the Matadors with a wide-open basket, then Markus Carrhit a 3-pointer to stretch their lead to 67-60 with 2:27 left. UCLA never gotthat close the rest of the game.

Earl Watson and Young scored 15 points each for the Bruins, who were12-of-31 shooting in the second half and committed 24 turnovers in the game.

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