UCLA Dominates Villanova, 93-65

Jan. 13, 2001

AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Running its transition game and press to near perfection,UCLA routed Villanova 93-65 Saturday for its fifth straight victory.

The Bruins (9-4) led by 31 points in the second half of the second meetingbetween the teams since 1971, when UCLA defeated Villanova 68-62 for the NCAAchampionship under John Wooden. The 90-year-old watched the game from his usualsecond-row seat behind the Bruins' bench.

Villanova (10-4) fell out of contention about nine minutes in when UCLA tooka double-digit lead it never relinquished. The Wildcats were led by MichaelBradley, who got most of his 18 points on dunks before fouling out with 2:21remaining.

The Wildcats committed 26 turnovers in losing their second straight. Theyhad 24 turnovers in a 76-67 loss to Providence on Tuesday.

Jason Kapono had a career-high 28 points and Earl Watson added 17 points asthe Bruins improved to 71-7 in non-conference games at Pauley Pavilion sincethe 1989-90 season.

Steve Lavin capped a tumultuous week by earning his 100th career victory.Tuesday, athletic director Peter Dalis admitted he'd spoken twice to RickPitino in the last month, although Dalis denied the conversations involvedLavin's job.

Lavin became the second-fastest coach in modern UCLA history to reach thecentury mark, behind predecessor Jim Harrick, who got there in the seventh gameof his fifth season. Lavin took over after Harrick was fired.

The Bruins continued pressing even as they led by 26 points against aWildcats team that never adjusted to UCLA's frenetic transition game.

UCLA dominated the boards 46-29, including a 19-9 edge offensively.

The Bruins started the second half with a 21-9 spurt, including 10 in a row,that put them ahead 65-40. The Wildcats dissolved in a series of turnovers andmissed shots.

Matt Barnes had 15 points and six steals, while T.J. Cummings scored all ofhis 13 points in the second half when he started in place of center DanGadzuric, who injured his back.

About the only thing the Bruins didn't do was score 100 points,disappointing fans who shouted, 'We want donuts,' which would've been freefor hitting the century mark.

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