No. 20 UCLA Upsets No. 9 Arizona, 77-76

Feb. 14, 2002

By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Jason Kapono's 3-pointer with 19 seconds remaining - histhird in the final 3:36 - lifted No. 20 UCLA to a 77-76 victory over No. 9Arizona on Thursday night.

Arizona's Channing Frye missed a 10-foot bank shot with about three secondsto play and the Wildcats couldn't get another shot off as the teams scrambledfor the loose ball.

Dan Gadzuric had 22 points and 16 rebounds and Kapono had 20 points as theBruins (17-7, 9-4 Pac-10) avenged a 96-86 loss at Arizona last month in a gamewhere they blew a 20-point lead over the final 14 minutes.

It was Arizona (17-7, 10-4) which blew a second-half lead this time.

Matt Barnes added 13 points, 15 rebounds and five assists and Billy Knightscored 12 points for UCLA, which outrebounded the Wildcats 45-28 and ralliedfrom a 57-49 deficit midway through the second half.

Jason Gardner led Arizona with 25 points, scoring all but four by going7-of-10 from 3-point range.

Luke Walton had 17 points, eight assists and three steals and Rick Andersonadded 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats.

Kapono made a 3-pointer with 3:36 left and his one with 1:07 remaining gavethe Bruins a 74-73 lead - their first since the opening eight minutes.

Gardner hit from long range with 36 seconds left to put Arizona on topbefore Kapono's game-winning shot.

A three-point play by Knight with 5:34 to play capped a 16-8 UCLA run andtied the game 65-all, but Walton scored four straight points and Gardner hit a3-pointer to make it 72-67 with 3:54 left.

Baskets by Knight and Gadzuric and a 3-pointer by Kapono enabled UCLA todraw within one point early in the second half, but the Bruins got no closeruntil Knight's game-tying three-point play.

Gadzuric surpassed his 10.3-point scoring average by making a follow dunkwith 5:55 left before halftime to tie the game 25-all.

Anderson scored five straight points for Arizona to trigger a 15-5 run thatput the Wildcats on top 40-30 before Dijon Thompson and Barnes of UCLA madebaskets to make it 40-34 at halftime.

Gadzuric, who had a career game with 22 points and 17 rebounds in UCLA's79-77 overtime victory over Arizona at Pauley Pavilion last season, got off toa fast start with four baskets in the first 6{ minutes.

But UCLA wouldn't lead again until the final 67 seconds. Two 3-pointers byAnderson and another two by Gardner accounted for all the points in a 12-4 runthat put the Wildcats ahead 21-15.

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