UCLA Turns Away UC Riverside
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brian Morrison scored 28 points, including six3-pointers, and UCLA defeated UC Riverside 84-70 Wednesday night.
Morrison, a North Carolina transfer making his second start, helped theBruins gain their first double-digit lead of the game with his third 3-pointermidway through the second half.
It was the start of a spurt in which Morrison took over the Bruins' offense.He quickly followed with two more 3-pointers, then drove the lane to score andadded another basket as UCLA led 69-55 with nine minutes remaining.
Morrison, a junior with two years of eligibility remaining, led NorthCarolina in 3-pointers during the 2001-02 season. As a freshman, he scoredseven straight points and helped the Tar Heels beat UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.
Villi Morton led Riverside with a career-high 22 points and Nate Carteradded 16.
The Bruins (2-0) trailed by five early in the game, then built aneight-point lead before the Highlanders stayed within five points or less overthe final seven minutes of the half. UCLA led 36-35 at the break.
The teams traded baskets to start the second half before Michael Fey andCedric Bozeman combined to score 12 straight points for a 52-43 lead. It wasthe Bruins' first breathing room since early in the first half.
From there on, Morrison, Dijon Thompson and Bozeman accounted for all ofUCLA's scoring. Thompson finished with 18 points despite sitting for fiveminutes after getting poked in the eye. Bozeman had 17 points and Fey 10points.
Fey, who had a career-high 20 points in last week's one-point opening winover Vermont, started at center. Ryan Hollins, another 7-footer like Fey, movedfrom backup center to starting power forward - a position the Bruins are thinat because of the absences of senior T.J. Cummings (academically ineligible)and freshman Trevor Ariza (collapsed lung).
Fey and Hollins practiced together for the first time this week beforestarting.
The Highlanders (0-4) lost to their third Pac-10 team in a week, having beenbeaten by Washington and Arizona State.
Riverside is 0-2 against UCLA, having lost the other meeting in 2001.
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