No. 3 UCLA Upset By Ball St., 91-73
Nov 20, 2001
By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer
LAHAINA, Hawaii - Ball State waited a whole 24 hours to surpass thegreatest win in the history of its basketball program.
The Cardinals beat No. 3 UCLA 91-73 in the semifinals of the MauiInvitational on Tuesday night, just one day after knocking off No. 4 Kansas inthe opening round.
Unlike the game against the Jayhawks, which Ball State won 93-91 on a driveby Patrick Jackson with less than a second to play, there was little doubtabout the outcome against the Bruins over the final 15 minutes.
Ball State (2-0) will get a chance for a third top five upset in as manydays in Wednesday's championship game against top-ranked Duke, which beat SouthCarolina 81-56 in the semifinals.
Kansas had been the highest ranked opponent Ball State had beaten. Now theBruins (1-1) have that mantle.
The Cardinals had a very different reaction to the two wins, piling on topof each other in on-court celebration after the Kansas game and just walkingoff the court with arms raised after beating UCLA.
The Bruins became the sixth member of the preseason Top 25 to lose a gamethis season, joining Maryland, Kentucky, Kansas, Saint Joseph's and Florida.
Jackson, an extremely quick guard, had 23 points for the Cardinals, whileTheron Smith, the Mid-American Conference freshman of the year last season whenhe led Ball State in scoring and rebounding, had 22.
Jason Kapono had 26 points for the Bruins, who committed 22 turnovers, manyunforced, and struggled defensively.
Chris Williams, who hit a huge 3-pointer late in the Kansas victory, hit a 3with 16:09 to play against UCLA that started a 10-2 run and gave the Cardinals67-49 lead.
Robert Owens capped the run with 13:21 to play when he dunked a no-look passfrom Zach Willingham.
UCLA's trouble with the ball showed twice as the Bruins tried to find a wayback into the game.
When they were within 76-63 with 7:49 to play, Billy Knight was called for adouble dribble alone in the corner near the UCLA basket after getting therebound of a missed 3-pointer by Ball State.
When it was 83-68, UCLA had a basket disallowed when Matt Barnes was calledfor a three-second violation.
UCLA opened the tournament, which is sponsored by EA Sports, with a 71-60victory over Houston.
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