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No. 14 Bruins Upset By Toreros In Overtime
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  11/26/2002

Nov 27, 2002

Box Score

By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jason Keep scored 30 points and San Diego got two 3-pointers in overtime to upset No. 14 UCLA 86-81 Tuesday night.

The Bruins fell to 3-4 in season openers under seventh-year coach Steve Lavin.

Jason Blair added 17 points for the Toreros, who beat a ranked team for just the second time in school history. They upset No. 25 Gonzaga 75-59 in 1999.

It was the first time San Diego coach Brad Holland, a former UCLA player and assistant, beat his alma mater.

Dijon Thompson led UCLA with 18 points.

Jason Kapono, one of only two seniors on UCLA's team, saw his jumper bounce off the rim with four seconds left in regulation. Cedric Bozeman grabbed the rebound near the free throw line, but his shot was short to force overtime tied at 73.

The Toreros led 80-78 when freshman Travis Smith failed to inbounds within five seconds and turned the ball over. But Kapono's shot hit the rim, and then Smith got fouled. He made one of two for an 81-78 lead with 28 seconds left.

Bozeman drove the lane and missed with 15 seconds left as boos rang out. Thompson hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds left and UCLA trailing 83-81, but the Toreros hit three of four free throws to end the game.

Blair beat the shot-clock buzzer with a 3-pointer to open overtime for San Diego. Matt Delzell hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game to maintain a lead the Toreros never gave up in the five-minute extra session.

Kapono finished with 17 points before fouling out in the final seconds.

The Bruins never led by more than eight points in the game, that was tied twice in the final two minutes.

Keep, a 6-foot-11 transfer from Oklahoma State, and the 6-7 Blair bothered UCLA inside, where the Bruins lack a true presence since Dan Gadzuric graduated and is now playing for the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bruins were coming off a rocky preseason in which they lost both games, including the first by 25 points.


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