No. 19 UCLA Breaks Streak

Dec 21, 2001

Box Score

AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE (AP) - UCLA finally won a game in Seattle.

Dan Gadzuric scored a career-high 23 points and had 13 rebounds as the No. 19 Bruins ended a four-game road losing streak against Washington with a 85-79 victory Thursday night in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

"There are two things," UCLA coach Steve Laivin said. "It's a conference win and it stops the bleeding in Seattle. We had to stop the bleeding."

It was the Bruins' first win in Seattle since edging the Huskies 87-85 March 9, 1997. Since then, Washington won by 1, 10, 1 and 2 points against UCLA in Seattle.

Jason Kapono scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half for the Bruins, who trailed by nine points late in the first half and was down 37-30 at halftime.

Washington's Doug Wrenn, a transfer from Connecticut, led the Huskies (6-4) with 23 points, his career high.

The Bruins (6-2) pretty much had their way inside in the second half, fouling out Washington starting center David Dixon and 6-foot-9 freshman Jeffrey Day. Day fouled out with 13:43 left with the Bruins ahead 49-47. Dixon left with 6:36 to go and UCLA in front 67-59.

Gadzuric, UCLA's 6-foot-11 senior center from The Netherlands, was 9-for-13 shooting.

"We felt we could get it inside," Laivin said. "In the second half, we were able to wear them down some."

Gadzuric, who averaged 6.1 points in UCLA's first seven games this season, scored 22 points as a sophomore against California and 22 against Arizona as a junior. He averaged 6.1 points in UCLA's first seven games this season. He said his Bruins teammates got him the ball Thursday night.

"Today I paced myself, but I still played hard," he said. "I'm happy my teammates have been supporting me. They pounded it inside to me. They had trust in me."

After two free throws by Billy Knight gave the Bruins a 77-66 lead, the Huskies got 3-pointers from Grant Leep and Josh Barnard to cut their deficit to six at 79-73 with 1:35 on the clock. But they couldn't get any closer.

UCLA took the lead for good at 49-47 on a 10-footer by Kapono with 5:34 gone in the second half. The Bruins made eight of their first 11 shots after halftime.

Washington led at halftime after scoring eight unanswered points, before Dijon Thompson of UCLA made a basket from just inside 3-point range as time expired in the first half.

In the final 3{ minutes, Wrenn started the Huskies' 8-0 run when he took a pass from Curtis Allen and made a dunk, Allen followed with a 5-foot bank shot, Wrenn grabbed an offensive rebound and made a tip-in and Allen had a layup after a steal.

"We got ahead of ourselves and got punished for it," Washington coach Bob Bender said.

Wrenn, Washington's leading scorer with a 16.6 average in nonconference play, didn't start the game because of team rules violation. Wrenn, late for a stretching session before the Huskies' game against Gonzaga on Dec. 11, He entered the game with 5:25 gone and started the second half.

Wrenn said the disciplinary action against him might have cost the Huskies the game. UCLA led 10-9 when he went into the contest.

"Maybe it's my fault because I sat out the first 6 minutes," he said. "Maybe I could have done a little more in the first half to give us a bigger lead."

UCLA was picked to win the Pac-10 and Washington to finish last in a preseason media poll. The Huskies have won a total of only nine Pac-10 games the past two seasons when they lost 20 games each season.

"This was the first real road game we've played this year," Laivin said. "At halftime, I told them it looked liked it. I told them I could expect that from freshmen or sophomores, but not upperclassmen. After that, we settled down and played more patiently."

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