Nov 28, 2001
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES - UCLA escaped with a victory two years ago against Pepperdine. The Waves crashed Pauley Pavilion again, and this time they finished off the upset.
Jimmy Miggins had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Craig Lewis added 18 as Pepperdine stunned the 10th-ranked Bruins 85-78 Wednesday night.
"We wanted to win here because of the tradition," said first-year Pepperdine coach Paul Westphal, who starred at rival Southern California in the 1970s.
The Waves (2-1) snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Bruins, who were upset by No. 16 Ball State last week in the Maui Invitational.
"We were terrible. Obviously, that responsibility falls with me," said UCLA coach Steve Lavin, 3-3 in home openers, including upsets by Cal State Northridge last year and Tulsa in his first game as head coach in 1996.
"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that Pepperdine came in and played an excellent game," he said.
The Bruins (2-2) scrambled to get back in the game after trailing by seven with 11:17 remaining. They managed to take a 2-point lead with seven minutes left, but Pepperdine used a 17-8 run to close out its first win against UCLA in 46 years.
"This is a big win for our program," Westphal said. "We are going to enjoy the victory, but we have a long way to go."
Pepperdine forced 15 turnovers while the Bruins struggled to get a defensive stop. Lavin used 10 players in an attempt to find anyone who would play defense.
"Guys just don't want to play defense," said Jason Kapono, who tied his career high with 28 points. "The sad part is we know our problem and we can't solve it."
The Bruins pulled to 78-77 on a free throw by Matt Barnes with 36 seconds remaining. His first foul shot went in and out.
UCLA freshman Dijon Thompson committed his fourth foul away from the ball with 36 seconds left, and Devin Montgomery made both free throws to keep Pepperdine ahead 80-77.
Billy Knight, who had 21 points, missed the first of two free throws and UCLA trailed 80-78 with 27 seconds left.
Kapono missed an off-balance shot in the paint and then Barnes fouled Montgomery, who made one. Pepperdine converted four straight free throws to end the game.
"It was a real big win and it's exciting to come in with all these (NCAA) banners. To beat them in their house is a big thing," Miggins said.
Fans began pouring out of Pauley Pavilion with 13 seconds remaining, many having seen a similar upset last season when Cal State Northridge won.
Two years ago, Pepperdine lost to UCLA 68-66 when a basket at the buzzer was disallowed.
"They didn't do anything that surprised us," said UCLA center Dan Gadzuric, who had three points and nine rebounds while being slowed by a sprained left ankle. "They just came slashing down the middle and we didn't stop them."
UCLA never led by more than four points in the second half. The Waves outscored the Bruins 17-6 to take their largest lead, 61-54, with 10:57 remaining. Miggins had eight points, and Terrance Johnson had five in the spurt.
The Bruins countered with a 17-6 run to lead 70-68 with 6:16 remaining. After relying on Kapono and Knight's scoring most of the game, T.J. Cummings scored six and Thompson had four.
The Bruins led by three at halftime after Kapono hit four consecutive 3-pointers to erase a four-point deficit.