No. 19 UCLA Breaks Streak

Dec 21, 2001

AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE (AP) - UCLA finally won a game in Seattle.

Dan Gadzuric scored a career-high 23 points and had 13 rebounds as the No.19 Bruins ended a four-game road losing streak against Washington with a 85-79victory Thursday night in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

'There are two things,' UCLA coach Steve Laivin said. 'It's a conferencewin and it stops the bleeding in Seattle. We had to stop the bleeding.'

It was the Bruins' first win in Seattle since edging the Huskies 87-85 March9, 1997. Since then, Washington won by 1, 10, 1 and 2 points against UCLA inSeattle.

Jason Kapono scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half for the Bruins,who trailed by nine points late in the first half and was down 37-30 athalftime.

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.

Gadzuric, UCLA's 6-foot-11 senior center from The Netherlands, was 9-for-13shooting.

'We felt we could get it inside,' Laivin said. 'In the second half, wewere able to wear them down some.'

Gadzuric, who averaged 6.1 points in UCLA's first seven games this season,scored 22 points as a sophomore against California and 22 against Arizona as ajunior. He averaged 6.1 points in UCLA's first seven games this season. He saidhis Bruins teammates got him the ball Thursday night.

'Today I paced myself, but I still played hard,' he said. 'I'm happy myteammates have been supporting me. They pounded it inside to me. They had trustin me.'

After two free throws by Billy Knight gave the Bruins a 77-66 lead, theHuskies got 3-pointers from Grant Leep 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.

'We got ahead of ourselves and got punished for it,' Washington coach BobBender said.

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.

Wrenn said the disciplinary action against him might have cost the Huskiesthe game. UCLA led 10-9 when he went into the contest.

'Maybe it's my fault because I sat out the first 6 minutes,' he said.'Maybe I could have done a little more in the first half to give us a biggerlead.'

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.

'This was the first real road game we've played this year,' Laivin said.'At halftime, I told them it looked liked it. I told them I could expect thatfrom freshmen or sophomores, but not upperclassmen. After that, we settled downand played more patiently.'

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