Huskies Drop Close One To UCLA, 85-79

Dec. 20, 2001

AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE - Dan Gadzuric scored a career-high 23 points and had 13rebounds as No. 19 UCLA ended a four-game losing streak to Washington inSeattle with a 85-79 victory Thursday night in the Pac-10 opener for bothteams.

Jason Kapono scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half for UCLA, whichtrailed by nine points late in the first half and was down 37-30 at halftime.

Washington's Doug Wrenn, a transfer from Connecticut, led the Huskies (6-4)with 23 points, his career high.

The Bruins (6-2) pretty much had their way inside in the second half,fouling out Washington starting center David Dixon and 6-foot-9 freshmanJeffrey Day. Day fouled out with 13:43 left with the Bruins ahead 49-47. Dixonleft with 6:36 to go and UCLA in front 67-59.

After two free throws by Billy Knight gave the Bruins a 77-66 lead, theHuskies got 3-pointers from Grant Leap and Josh Barnard to cut their deficit tosix at 79-73 with 1:35 on the clock. But they couldn't get any closer.

UCLA took the lead for good at 49-47 on a 10-footer by Kapono with 5:34 gonein the second half. The Bruins made eight of their first 11 shots afterhalftime.

Washington led at halftime after scoring eight unanswered points, beforeDijon Thompson of UCLA made a basket from just inside 3-point range as timeexpired in the first half.

In the final 3{ minutes, Wrenn started the Huskies' 8-0 run when he took apass from Curtis Allen and made a dunk, Allen followed with a 5-foot bank shot,Wrenn grabbed an offensive rebound and made a tip-in and Allen had a layupafter a steal.

Wrenn, Washington's leading scorer with a 16.6 average in nonconferenceplay, didn't start the game because of team rules violation. Wrenn, late for astretching session before the Huskies' game against Gonzaga on Dec. 11, Heentered the game with 5:25 gone and started the second half.

UCLA was picked to win the Pac-10 and Washington to finish last in apreseason media poll. The Huskies have won a total of only nine Pac-10 gamesthe past two seasons when they lost 20 games each season.

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