Bruins Beat Huskies In Pac-10 Opener

Jan 3, 2003

AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE - T.J. Cummings scored 16 points, Jason Kapono had 15 and DijonThompson returned from a one-game absence because of a swollen knee to score 14as UCLA beat Washington 77-67 on Thursday night in an ugly Pac-10 opener.

Andre Patterson scored 12 points for UCLA (3-5), which snapped a three-gamelosing streak. The Bruins survived a season-high 29 turnovers by limitingWashington to 2-of-12 shooting from 3-point range and outrebounding the Huskies44-30.

Curtis Allen led Washington (5-5) with 17 points while Doug Wrenn scored 14,but the Huskies couldn't match their strong outside shooting of late. They hadhit 49 percent of their 3-pointers during a recent three-game winning streak.

The Bruins struggled against Washington's fullcourt press but finally tookcontrol in the second half.

UCLA led 47-45 with 14 minutes to play when Kapono and Thompson hitconsecutive 3-pointers and Thompson scored twice in a 8-0 burst that made it61-46 with 9:20 remaining.

The Huskies never quit, though, cutting the margin to 69-63 on NateRobinson's 3-pointer from the left corner with 3:03 on the clock. But Thompsonanswered with a jumper and Cummings made two free throws to put the Bruins backup 73-63.

The coaching staffs included some familiar foes.

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar and UCLA's Steve Lavin were assistants on theUCLA team that Jim Harrick coached to the 1995 national title, and Huskiesassistant Cameron Dollar played on that squad.

The Huskies were abysmal from the floor early. They missed 12 of their first15 shots and hit 24 percent (8-of-33) through the opening 20 minutes buttrailed only 37-29 at the break.

Romar went to a fullcourt press late in the half, and it helped Washingtonto an exciting 12-2 run over the final five minutes. The Huskies scored 11 in arow at one point, and the crowd got involved after Nate Robinson's steal led toa dunk by Bobby Jones.

Washington stayed with the press to begin the second half, producing a 10-2burst that helped the Huskies tie it at 39.

UCLA, the only Pac-10 school with a losing nonconference record, was off toits worst start since opening 2-5 in 1984-85.

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