Jan 3, 2003
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE - T.J. Cummings scored 16 points, Jason Kapono had 15 and Dijon Thompson returned from a one-game absence because of a swollen knee to score 14 as 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-game losing streak. The Bruins survived a season-high 29 turnovers by limiting Washington to 2-of-12 shooting from 3-point range and outrebounding the Huskies 44-30.
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 had hit 49 percent of their 3-pointers during a recent three-game winning streak.
The Bruins struggled against Washington's fullcourt press but finally took control in the second half.
UCLA led 47-45 with 14 minutes to play when Kapono and Thompson hit consecutive 3-pointers and Thompson scored twice in a 8-0 burst that made it 61-46 with 9:20 remaining.
The Huskies never quit, though, cutting the margin to 69-63 on Nate Robinson's 3-pointer from the left corner with 3:03 on the clock. But Thompson answered with a jumper and Cummings made two free throws to put the Bruins back up 73-63.
The coaching staffs included some familiar foes.
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar and UCLA's Steve Lavin were assistants on the UCLA team that Jim Harrick coached to the 1995 national title, and Huskies assistant Cameron Dollar played on that squad.
The Huskies were abysmal from the floor early. They missed 12 of their first 15 shots and hit 24 percent (8-of-33) through the opening 20 minutes but trailed only 37-29 at the break.
Romar went to a fullcourt press late in the half, and it helped Washington to an exciting 12-2 run over the final five minutes. The Huskies scored 11 in a row at one point, and the crowd got involved after Nate Robinson's steal led to a dunk by Bobby Jones.
Washington stayed with the press to begin the second half, producing a 10-2 burst that helped the Huskies tie it at 39.
UCLA, the only Pac-10 school with a losing nonconference record, was off to its worst start since opening 2-5 in 1984-85.