UCLA Hangs On, Beats Purdue 87-82

Dec. 30, 2000

Associated Press Writer

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - UCLA nearly blew a 16-point, second-half lead,but Jason Kapono scored 22 points and Dan Gadzuric had 18 as the Bruins held onto beat Purdue 87-82 on Saturday afternoon.

The Bruins (5-4) led 56-40 early in the second half after Gadzuric completeda 3-point play. The Boilermakers (8-3) went on a 14-7 run, keyed by two3-pointers by Rodney Smith, who scored a career-high 27 points.

UCLA was able to push the lead back to 16 with a little more than 10 minutesleft in the game, before Purdue rallied again.

Maynard Lewis hit a 3-pointer and a second-chance layup as he scored 10 ofhis 14 points during a four-minute stretch.

Smith's bucket at the 3:40 mark cut the deficit to 80-75. Smith and JohnAllison then scored on consecutive possessions, and it was 82-79.

Carson Cunningham's free-throw on the ensuing possession made it 82-80, butthat was as close as Purdue came. Willie Deane missed a 3-point attempt with 45seconds left, and the Bruins sealed the victory with free throws.

UCLA snapped a 22-22 first half tie with a 26-9 run to end the first half.The Bruins shot 56 percent in the first half, as Gadzuric was left wide open inthe paint and easily dunked most of his shots. He was 8-of-8 from the flooroverall.

The Bruins snapped Purdue's seven-game winning streak.

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