Arizona Blows Out Bruins

AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Salim Stoudamire scored 19 points and No. 2 Arizonadefeated hapless UCLA 87-52 Saturday to complete its first sweep of the LosAngeles schools in 10 years.

The Wildcats (13-1) won their eighth in a row and remained atop the Pac-10with a 6-0 record. They rallied to beat Southern California 81-72 Thursday andthen sent the Bruins to their largest loss at Pauley Pavilion, which opened in1965.

The previous record was a 104-82 loss to California on Jan. 24, 1993, whencoach Steve Lavin was an assistant under Jim Harrick. UCLA's 52 points equaledits worst output against Arizona since a 53-52 loss in 1985.

UCLA (4-9, 2-3) lost its fourth straight and dropped to 2-7 at Pauley, itsmost losses at home in a season. The 1987-88 team, coached by Walt Hazzard,lost six games at Pauley.

Even John Wooden didn't stick around for the final buzzer.

T.J. Cummings with 12 points and Dijon Thompson with 10 points were UCLA'sonly double-figure scorers. The Bruins shot 38 percent, had 21 turnovers andgot outrebounded 53-33.

Channing Frye added 12 points for Arizona, while Luke Walton was held tofive points, five rebounds and five assists in 26 minutes.

The crowd of 11,082 sat silently most of the game, except for the heavyconcentration of Arizona fans in the upper balcony who alternately shouted, 'Uof A! U of A!' and taunted Lavin.

UCLA fans loudly booed Lavin's five-on-five substitutions when the Bruinswere down by 28 in the second half. At one point, he yanked veterans JasonKapono, Ray Young, Thompson and Cummings, leaving sophomore Cedric Bozeman onthe floor with Michael Fey, Quinn Hawking, Marcedes Lewis and Janou Rubin,whose 3-pointer was the only scoring from the group.

By then, UCLA trailed 54-29 with 11� minutes remaining in a game that neverresembled the close contests these teams usually play. The Bruins had beatenArizona at Pauley the last two seasons by a total of three points.

But it was never that close.

The Bruins never led after scoring the game's first basket. They trailed by16 at halftime and their deficit reached 29 when Arizona's Jason Gardner hit a3-pointer with 11:08 remaining.

By virtue of No. 17 Maryland's 87-72 upset of No. 1 Duke on Saturday, theWildcats are likely to take over the top spot in Monday's rankings. They didn'tlook that impressive, though, committing 18 turnovers despite getting repeatedfast-break opportunities against the slower Bruins.

Arizona led 73-40 on a three-point play by Isaiah Fox with 4:17 left andfans rushed to the exits.

The Bruins whittled a 10-point deficit down to six on consecutive baskets byAndre Patterson before Arizona closed with a 14-4 run to end the half ahead34-18. Frye and Stoudamire had five points each as UCLA made just one fieldgoal in the final five minutes.

The Wildcats shot better, but still played sloppily with 10 turnovers in thehalf.

UCLA was just 7-of-28 from the field, missed all five of its 3-pointers, gotoutrebounded 26-15 and committed 13 turnovers in the half.

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