Washington State Loses To UCLA

March 8, 2001

Associated Press Writer

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Jason Kapono scored 28 points as No. 13 UCLA came backto beat Washington State 86-76 Thursday night.

The Cougars have lost to UCLA 17 straight times, dating to Dec. 19, 1986.

The Bruins (21-7, 13-2 Pac-10) tied the score at halftime and went on a 16-2run down the stretch. Washington State (12-15, 5-12 Pac-10 Conference) built an11-point lead in the first half, but lost it to strong inside play andfull-court pressure by the Bruins.

The game was tied six times in the second half, but Kapono hit a jumper anda free throw to break a tie at 71 with about four minutes left.

Washington State jumped to a 5-0 lead. The Bruins tied it with a 3-pointerfrom Kapono and a tip-in by Dan Gadzuric.

WSU broke a 7-7 tie, only to see the Bruins storm back to tie it when BillyKnight hit a shot at the buzzer, making it 40-40. UCLA went on an 18-11 scoringstreak in the final seven minutes of the half.

Knight and fellow guard Earl Watson each had 13 points.

The Cougars led most of the first half on 3-pointers by substitute JerryMcNair. McNair had 11 points in the half, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range.

Marcus Moore scored 19 for Washington State.

The Bruins battled back from a 29-18 deficit with 3-pointers from Knight andaggressive inside play by center Dan Gadzuric, who had nine of his 13 reboundsin the first half. Gadzuric scored 12 points for the Bruins.

UCLA outrebounded the Cougars 39-34, and the Bruins hit 50 percent from thefield to WSU's 43 percent.

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