No. 13 Bruins Hold On To Beat Cal, 64-57

Jan. 26, 2002

AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Jason Kapono and Billy Knight hit key baskets over thefinal 4:19 and No. 13 UCLA beat California 64-57 on Saturday to avoid athree-game losing streak for the first time in two years.

The Bruins (14-5) moved into a tie for second in the Pac-10 at 6-3 with No.10 Arizona, and avoided a sweep by the Bay Area schools.

UCLA lost 86-76 to No. 17 Stanford on Thursday, and had blown a 20-pointlead before losing to the Wildcats a week ago.

California (14-4, 5-3) had its four-game winning streak snapped and droppedinto a tie with Stanford for third in the league.

Kapono led the Bruins with 17 points, and Knight added 16.

Joe Shipp scored 15 points to lead the Golden Bears, who tossed up severaldesperation 3-point attempts in the final minute. But they all missed, unlikeThursday night when the Bears surprised No. 23 Southern California 92-91 inovertime on a 3-pointer by Shantay Legans.

The Bears, the league's worst 3-point shooting team, were 5-of-15 frombeyond the arc.

Although UCLA led the entire second half, twice the Bears got within onepoint with 10 minutes remaining. Both times the Bruins answered with baskets -on a layup by Matt Barnes off freshman Cedric Bozeman's alley-oop pass andfreshman Dijon Thompson's score off a steal.

Bozeman scored inside to give UCLA a 50-45 lead with 8:54 remaining. Freethrows by freshman Jamal Sampson and Shipp drew California within three.

UCLA's Dan Gadzuric missed two consecutive 1-and-1 opportunities, thenBozeman missed the front end of a 1-and-1 as the Bruins clung to theirthree-point lead.

But Knight then sparked a 14-10 run with two consecutive baskets to closeout a game in which the Bruins tied their second-lowest scoring output of theseason. They also had 64 points in a victory over Columbia.

Kapono's basket gave UCLA a six-point lead and then he hit two free throwsto stretch the lead to nine points with 22 seconds left.

Gadzuric stayed out of foul trouble for the first time in four games, andfinished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bruins fell behind by six with seven minutes left in the first half on aseries of turnovers and fouls. Dennis Gates hit consecutive 3-pointers to givethe Bears their largest lead of the half, 23-17.

UCLA revived itself with a 15-7 run, including 12 in a row, to end the halfahead 32-30. Kapono hit a 3-pointer off a steal and Bozeman followed with a 3.

UCLA guard Rico Hines played five minutes after sitting out threeconsecutive games because of headaches from a concussion he sustained Jan. 8.

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