Kapono Leads Bruins Past Long Beach St.

Dec 8, 2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jason Kapono tied a career high with 28 points in leadingUCLA to its first victory of the season, an 81-58 decision over Long BeachState on Sunday at Pauley Pavilion.

It was the first win of the season for UCLA, which started 0-2 for the firsttime since the 1961-62 season. The unranked Bruins opened the season ranked No.14 but loss their season opener at home to San Diego and then fell to Duke inthe John Wooden Tradition game played in Indianapolis.

They beat Long Beach State on the strength of shooting by Kapono, who made12-of-19 shots from the field, including four-of-10 from 3-point range. Thesenior forward also added seven rebounds and three assists for the Bruins.

TJ. Cummings also scored 12 points and Jon Crispin added 11 points for UCLA(1-2).

Tony Darden scored 14 points and reserve Chris Jenkins added 10 points forthe 49ers (1-4), who lost their third consecutive game.

The teams were tied at 22 when UCLA used an 8-0 spurt to take a 30-22 leadwith 1:57 left in the first half.

Kapono then scored eight points during a 17-4 run in the second half thatextended UCLA's lead to 58-37 with 11:32 to play.

UCLA shot 49 percent from the floor while Long Beach State made 40 percentof its field-goal attempts.

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