No. 14 UCLA Men's Hoops Wins Ninth Straight

Jan. 6, 2002

By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Billy Knight had career highs of 32 points and six3-pointers, and No. 14 UCLA pulled away over the final 7 minutes to beatWashington State 81-69 Sunday for its ninth consecutive victory.

The Bruins (11-2) completed a four-game sweep of the Washington schools tostart Pac-10 play with a 4-0 mark.

Washington State (4-8, 0-4) lost its sixth straight game overall and 18th ina row to UCLA, while remaining winless in 45 games against the Bruins in LosAngeles.

But for just the second time in eight years at Pauley Pavilion, the Cougarsmade the game closer than 10 points.

Knight scored 18 points in the second half, including his fifth 3-pointer,which gave UCLA the lead for good - 62-59 with 7:11 remaining.

His basket launched a 22-10 run, in which Knight had 14 points, to close thegame. Dan Gadzuric, in foul trouble for the second straight game, punctuatedthe victory with a huge dunk at the buzzer.

Despite UCLA's late dominance, the Cougars got within four points on twofree throws by Milton Riley with four minutes left.

But Knight answered with his sixth 3-pointer, then made all four of his freethrows down the stretch.

Before Knight put UCLA in front for good, the Cougars had twice takenone-point leads after rallying from eight points down and trailing 39-38 athalftime.

Mike Bush led five Washington State players in double figures with 18points.

Knight's previous career bests were 23 points against Arizona State lastFebruary and four 3-pointers against Georgetown on Dec. 29.

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