No. 3 UCLA Upset By Ball St., 91-73

Nov 20, 2001

Box Score

AP Basketball Writer

LAHAINA, Hawaii - Ball State waited a whole 24 hours to surpass the greatest win in the history of its basketball program.

The Cardinals beat No. 3 UCLA 91-73 in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational on Tuesday night, just one day after knocking off No. 4 Kansas in the opening round.

Unlike the game against the Jayhawks, which Ball State won 93-91 on a drive by Patrick Jackson with less than a second to play, there was little doubt about the outcome against the Bruins over the final 15 minutes.

Ball State (2-0) will get a chance for a third top five upset in as many days in Wednesday's championship game against top-ranked Duke, which beat South Carolina 81-56 in the semifinals.

Kansas had been the highest ranked opponent Ball State had beaten. Now the Bruins (1-1) have that mantle.

The Cardinals had a very different reaction to the two wins, piling on top of each other in on-court celebration after the Kansas game and just walking off the court with arms raised after beating UCLA.

The Bruins became the sixth member of the preseason Top 25 to lose a game this season, joining Maryland, Kentucky, Kansas, Saint Joseph's and Florida.

Jackson, an extremely quick guard, had 23 points for the Cardinals, while Theron Smith, the Mid-American Conference freshman of the year last season when he led Ball State in scoring and rebounding, had 22.

Jason Kapono had 26 points for the Bruins, who committed 22 turnovers, many unforced, and struggled defensively.

Chris Williams, who hit a huge 3-pointer late in the Kansas victory, hit a 3 with 16:09 to play against UCLA that started a 10-2 run and gave the Cardinals 67-49 lead.

Robert Owens capped the run with 13:21 to play when he dunked a no-look pass from Zach Willingham.

UCLA's trouble with the ball showed twice as the Bruins tried to find a way back into the game.

When they were within 76-63 with 7:49 to play, Billy Knight was called for a double dribble alone in the corner near the UCLA basket after getting the rebound of a missed 3-pointer by Ball State.

When it was 83-68, UCLA had a basket disallowed when Matt Barnes was called for a three-second violation.

UCLA opened the tournament, which is sponsored by EA Sports, with a 71-60 victory over Houston.

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Friday, Oct 30
vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
W, 95 - 57
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 09 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 8:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, Jan 23 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jan 28 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 04 - 7:30 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA