Huskies Stun No. 13 UCLA, 96-94
March 10, 2001
By JANIE McCAULEY
Associated Press Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - Michael Johnson's 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left liftedlast-place Washington to a 96-94 upset of No. 13 UCLA on Saturday.
The Bruins (21-8, 14-4 Pac-10) had won 17 of 20 before dropping theirregular-season finale.
It was a happy ending to a disappointing season for the Huskies (10-20,4-14), who snapped an eight-game losing streak.
Greg Clark's eight-footer was blocked out of bounds by UCLA's Dan Gadzuricwith 3.6 seconds left, giving the Huskies one last chance.
Johnson took an inbounds pass from Clark and immediately released hisgame-winner. Johnson finished with a career-high 29 points on 11-of-23shooting.
UCLA's Billy Knight hit a 3-pointer from the baseline with 21.5 seconds leftfor a 94-93 lead. Bryan Brown's four-point play gave Washington a 93-91advantage with 34.3 seconds to go.
It was Washington's second win in its last 16 games against rankedopponents. UCLA committed 24 turnovers, eight more than its season average.
Matt Barnes scored on a putback with 52.4 seconds left to give UCLA itsfirst lead of the second half, 91-89. The Bruins, who trailed by as many as 11,were led by Jason Kapono's 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting.
UCLA had 14 first-half turnovers and was held without a field goal for morethan six minutes. Barnes broke the drought with a basket 4:31 before halftime.
Johnson took advantage of a UCLA turnover in the final seconds of the firsthalf, scoring on a layup at the buzzer for a 47-40 halftime lead.
It was only the sixth time all season that the Huskies led at the half, andthe first time in eight games.
Thalo Green scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half and grabbed ateam-high nine rebounds for the Huskies, who were outrebounded 51-34.
The eight-game losing streak was Washington's longest slide since droppingnine in a row from Jan. 2-Feb. 3, 1994, coach Bob Bender's first season.
Washington has lost 20 games in consecutive seasons for the first time inthe program's 99-year history, but athletic director Barbara Hedges has saidBender's job is not in jeopardy.