UCLA Sneaks Past UC Irvine, 65-60

Dec. 16, 2000

LOS ANGELES - Matt Barnes scored inside with 47 seconds remaining asUCLA escaped with a 65-60 victory over UC Irvine on Saturday night to winconsecutive games for the first time this season.

The Bruins (4-3) blew most of an 11-point lead, then clung to a one-pointadvantage when Barnes scored despite getting poked in the face to give UCLA a61-58 lead.

Dan Gadzuric got a hand on a shot by Irvine's Adam Parada that missed,effectively ending the Anteaters' hopes for their second win over a Pacific-10Conference team this season. They beat California on Dec. 2.

Jason Kapono had 19 points for UCLA, which trailed by four at halftime.Barnes finished with 16 points and tied his career high with 10 rebounds.

The Anteaters (4-2) managed only a basket by Ben Jones while Barnes hitthree of four free throws and Ray Young made one of two in the final 20seconds.

Playing its first road game of the season, Irvine was led by Parada, who had10 of his 14 points in the second half. Parada was one of three reserves whorallied the Anteaters late in the game.

Trailing by 11 points, the Anteaters outscored UCLA 12-2 to close within oneon an inside basket by Parada. Gadzuric picked up his fourth foul on the play,but Parada missed the free throw with 3:56 remaining.

Sean Jackson hit a 3-pointer that again had Irvine within one with 2:14 leftbefore Barnes' big basket.

The Bruins scored the first 13 points of the second half to take a 43-34lead after trailing by four at halftime. The Anteaters were effective incutting off UCLA's perimeter offense, holding the Bruins to 2-of-19 shootingfrom 3-point range.

AP Sports Writer

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