Bruins Blow Past Beavers, 67-40
Jan. 25, 2001
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES - Jason Kapono shot 5-for-6 from 3-point range and finishedwith 19 points, as UCLA overwhelmed Oregon State 67-40 Thursday night.
The Bruins (11-5, 5-1 Pac-10) rebounded five days after a 25-point loss atArizona that ended their six-game winning streak. Kapono struggled in thatgame, scoring just four points and missing all six of his 3-pointers.
But against the Beavers, he had 11 points in the first half when the Bruinsled by nine and both teams struggled with their shooting.
Oregon State (8-10, 2-4), winless at Pauley Pavilion since 1988, dropped itsfourth straight to the Bruins.
The Beavers were held to their fewest points this season. Their previous lowwas 49 against No. 1 Stanford on Jan. 11. They are 0-8 when trailing athalftime.
Dan Gadzuric dominated the start of the second half, scoring UCLA's first 10points as part of a 16-5 run that put the Bruins ahead 43-23 with 14:05remaining. Gadzuric finished with 14 points. Matt Barnes added 11 points.
Emonte Jernigan, who led the Beavers with 18 points, stopped the onslaughtwith a basket. But Kapono answered with another 3-pointer and UCLA scored thenext two points for a 49-25 lead.
The Beavers played a slowdown game, milking the shot clock to five secondson nearly every possession. But they shot just 32 percent.
They lost a presence in the middle when Brian Jackson injured his left legat 18:24 of the second half. He already was playing with a sprained left anklesuffered Saturday against Washington.
Oregon State center Jason Heide, who is averaging 13 points, played just 2minutes because of sprains in both ankles.
UCLA's Earl Watson started the 113th game of his career despite a bruisedlower back and hip that, along with foul trouble, contributed to his career-low14 minutes in the Arizona loss. He had three points and five assists.
The Bruins' largest margin of victory this season was a 93-65 win overVillanova on Jan. 13.