Huskies Come Up Short In L.A.
Jan. 4, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Dan Gadzuric had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and extendedhis consecutive field goal streak to 15 before finally missing Thursday nightas UCLA opened the Pacific-10 season with an 86-64 victory over Washington.
Gadzuric, a 6-foot-11 junior who made all eight of his shots in an 87-82victory over Purdue last Saturday, connected on his first seven againstWashington before missing a wild reverse layup 4 1/2 minutes into the second half.He finished 8-of-10.
The NCAA record for consecutive field goals is 25, set by AmericanUniversity's Ray Voelkel in 1978.
Jason Kapono added 18 points, Earl Watson had 15 points and seven assists,and T.J. Cummings scored 13 for the Bruins (6-4), who led 49-16 at halftime enroute to their fourth win in the last five games.
UCLA, which entered the game ranked last in the Pac-10 in scoring defense at78.2 points per game, put the Huskies away early with exceptional work at thedefensive end. Washington made only 5-of-29 shots and 4-of-11 free throws andcommitted 18 turnovers in the first half.
UCLA made its first three shots, two by Gadzuric, in taking a 7-0 lead inthe opening two minutes, and it was 13-0 before Washington's Ben Coffee made alayup with 13:58 left before halftime.
That was just the beginning. A follow shot by Billy Knight extended UCLA'slead to 18-2, and back-to-back baskets by Gadzuric made it 27-6. Kapono, theBruins' leading scorer, finally got his first points on a jumper with 7:24 leftin the half.
Washington didn't reach double figures until Perkins made a foul shot with5:56 remaining in the half. That made it 32-10.
UCLA's Ray Young, averaging 11.4 points and 3.2 rebounds, sat out the gamedue to a sprained left foot, but it hardly mattered. A school spokesman saidthere's a good possibility Young will be able to play Saturday when the Bruinsface Washington State.
By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer