Bruins Take No. 12 Kentucky In Overtime, 97-92

Nov. 10, 2000

NEW YORK - Jason Kapono had 21 points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3-pointrange as No. 17 UCLA hung on to beat No. 12 Kentucky 97-92 in the third-placegame of the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic on Friday night.

The Bruins (1-1), who lost 99-98 to No. 7 Kansas in the opening round, blewa seven-point lead over the final 4 1/2 minutes of regulation, then went to leadby as many as eight points in overtime.

Kapono fouled out with 3:35 to play and his long-range shooting - he was6-for-9 on 3s in the opener for 22 points - was sorely missed as UCLA scoredjust three points in the final 4 1/2 minutes of regulation.

Kentucky, which started a season 0-2 for the first time since 1975-76,closed regulation with a 10-3 run to make it 77-77.

Tayshaun Prince made two free throws with 24 seconds left to tie the game,and UCLA's Earl Watson brought the ball and held it until about 10 secondsremained. Covered by Prince, he drove and pulled up for a jumper seeming tocause Prince to land on him but the shot missed and no foul was called.

The Wildcats, who lost 62-61 to St. John's on a poor defensive play withfive seconds to go, scored the first three points of the overtime but theBruins then went on an 11-0 run.

Kentucky failed to score on five consecutive possessions and UCLA respondedeach time with at least one point. T.J. Cummings' turnaround jumper gave UCLAthe lead for good at 82-80 with 2:52 left and Ray Young scored the next fivepoints for the Bruins, including a 3-pointer with 2:07 left that made it 85-80.

Three-pointers by Prince and Saul Smith got Kentucky within 91-89 with 19seconds left, but UCLA went 4-for-7 from the free-throw line and got abreakaway dunk from Cummings the rest of the way to seal it.

Earl Watson, who had nine assists and no turnovers, and Young each had 20points for UCLA, which hasn't started a season with two losses since 1961-62,while Dan Gadzuric had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Cummings, who set the recordfor points by a UCLA freshman in his first game with 24, finished with eight on3-for-10 shooting.

Keith Bogans had 25 points for Kentucky, while Prince had 13. Prince againstruggled with his outside shooting, going 2-for-8 from beyond the arc aftermissing all six of his 3-point attempts in the opener.

AP Basketball Writer

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