No. 14 UCLA Downs Men's Basketball, 74-62
Jan. 4, 2002
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES - T.J. Cummings started his night with a rim-bending dunkand finished with a dominant effort inside after center Dan Gadzuric got infoul trouble.
Cummings had 22 points and a career-high 11 rebounds as the 14th-rankedBruins defeated Washington 74-62 for their eighth consecutive victory in a rareFriday night game.
Cummings bent the rim during warmups, causing tipoff to be delayed 20minutes while a new rim was installed.
'Everybody was like, 'Hey, you set the tone.' It kind of got me pumped,'he said. 'I hadn't done that since high school.'
UCLA (10-2, 3-0 Pac-10) never led by more than five points until the final4:40, getting a scare from the Huskies, who haven't won at Pauley Pavilionsince 1987 - a 16-game losing streak.
'We couldn't put a full game together,' said Washington's Curtis Allen,who had 15 points and tied his career high with eight assists. 'Theiroffensive rebounding really hurt us at the end.'
Washington (6-7, 0-3) lost its fifth in a row to open its first Pac-10 roadtrip of the season. Josh Barnard, a junior college transfer from Tacoma, scoreda career-high 22 points, including six 3-pointers.
'It's a hollow feeling,' Barnard said of his point total. 'We played wellfor 36 minutes. The only time this season we've played like that is inpractice. We were trying to do things too quick at the end.'
After Barnard hit his third 3-pointer of the half to draw the Huskies to60-59 with 7:21 remaining, they didn't score again until Barnard's fourth3-pointer with 50 seconds left.
By then, UCLA had run off 10 consecutive points for a 70-59 lead. Cummingshad four in the spurt that was capped by Billy Knight's 3-pointer.
'In a game like this, it's who makes the plays,' said Washington coach BobBender, who fell to 0-9 at Pauley Pavilion. 'UCLA made the plays.'
Cummings helped the Bruins dominate the boards 46-29, including a 28-19defensive edge, after Gadzuric got into foul trouble and was limited to sixminutes.
'I haven't had a good game on the boards all season, so I had that in mymind,' said Cummings, who initially felt bad about causing the pregame delay.
'If I didn't play well, it would be attributed to that. People probablywould've thought that I was sitting around dunking,' he said.
UCLA freshman point guard Cedric Bozeman returned to action for the firsttime since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery a month ago. He scored sixpoints in seven minutes.
'Just being out there was a sigh of relief,' he said. 'I had a prettygood week of practice. I've been going hard and trying to get back in theflow.'
While UCLA put together its biggest scoring run of the game over the final6:17, the Huskies fell apart with a series of misses and turnovers.
In the first half, Bozeman scored during a 9-0 run that included consecutivebaskets by Dijon Thompson, one of three freshmen on the court as the Bruinstook a five-point lead, their largest of the half.
But the Huskies outscored the Bruins 18-16 over the final 8:34 to trail34-31 at the break.
Gadzuric went to the bench after picking up two fouls in the opening minute.Washington center David Dixon was held scoreless and fouled out with 3:23remaining.
The Pac-10 changed from its usual Thursday-Saturday schedule to accommodateThursday night's Rose Bowl national championship football game.