Bruins Slip By LMU In OT
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES - Cedric Bozeman gave UCLA the lead on a 3-pointer with 2.8seconds remaining and the Bruins defeated Loyola Marymount 69-66 in overtimeSaturday night.
UCLA (3-1) blew all of a 14-point lead in the second half, when the Lionsclosed with a 19-5 run over the final 2:39 to force overtime tied at 60.
There were two ties in the five-minute extra session, the last at 66 whenChris Ayer hit a turnaround jumper for the Lions with 39 seconds left.
On UCLA's ensuing possession, Bozeman passed to freshman Trevor Ariza, whobobbled the ball but managed to kick it out to Bozeman for the game-winningshot.
Bozeman led the Bruins with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Dijon Thompson added15 points and Ariza 14 points in his season debut.
Ariza missed the first three games after suffering a collapsed lung. Hewasn't expected to return until next Wednesday against UC Santa Barbara, but hewas medically cleared to play limited minutes. He also had seven rebounds in 32minutes.
Charles Brown led Loyola Marymount with 17 points. Sherman Gay and DamianMartin added 13 points.
UCLA saw its 14-point lead shrink to three with 41 seconds left when Gayscored for the Lions (5-2).
Ariza launched a court-length pass to Brian Morrison, who couldn't controlit. Morrison tried tipping the ball to Ryan Hollins as he fell out of bounds,but the Bruins turned it over. Brown raced downcourt and hit a 3-pointer to tiethe game at 60 with 30 seconds left.
Bozeman dribbled nearly 20 seconds off the clock before trying to dish offin traffic. Hollins couldn't control the ball and the Lions gained possession.Bozeman stole the inbounds pass and fed Hollins, who tried dunking but didn'tbeat the buzzer and overtime ensued.
The Lions took their first lead of the game in overtime, scoring the firsttwo baskets. Thompson made two free throws and Bozeman scored on a layin to tieit with 1:46 left.
Thompson's two free throws put UCLA ahead 66-64 in overtime before Ayer tiedit for the last time. Thompson was 11-of-12 from the line, including four inovertime.
The Bruins were plagued by poor shooting for the second straight game. Theyhit 34 percent in a two-point loss to Kentucky a week ago, and 31 percentagainst the Lions. UCLA also committed 21 turnovers, nine by Thompson, to 17for the Lions.
UCLA dominated the boards, 54-37, including an 18-8 offensive edge.
Both teams failed to make a field goal in the game's first 5ï¿½ minutes.
Ariza started the second half and earned his biggest cheers with two dunks.The first came on an alley-oop pass and the other was a one-handed jam thatgave UCLA a 45-35 lead with 11:17 remaining.
The Lions lost 6-foot-6 John Haywood to his fifth foul with 9:50 left. Gayand Ayer also were in foul trouble over the final 10 minutes of regulation, andGay fouled out in overtime.
UCLA starting center Michael Fey got poked in the left eye late in the firsthalf and went to the hospital to be examined. He had six points and sixrebounds in 14 minutes.
The Bruins lead the series 14-2, having won the last 11 in a row.