Bruins Seek Momentum In Hawaii At Pearl Harbor Classic

Dec. 21, 1999

HONOLULU (AP) - UCLA, the only ranked team and 1999 NCAA tournament participant at the Pearl Harbor Classic, tries to get its act together as it plays Maine in the first round Tuesday.

The 18th-ranked Bruins (4-1) are still adjusting to life without starting forward JaRon Rush, who was suspended by the NCAA for possible violations regarding his AAU team. Despite his absence, UCLA throttled DePaul at home Saturday, 76-58, behind 15 points and 14 rebounds from Dan Gadzuric.

Gadzuric had a partner in forward Jerome Moiso, who added 17 points in 30 minutes. The performance by the pair has been something Bruin fans have waited for since both players arrived in Westwood last season but injuries and foul trouble resulted in seeing only glimpses of that potential until Saturday.

"That's one of the best times we've played together," Moiso said. "That's what it's supposed to be and we're getting there. It's going to be more fun as we go along."

Freshman Jason Kapono led the Bruins with 20 points as they recovered from an embarrassing home loss to Gonzaga. Kapono hit three 3-pointers in a 21-5 tear that gave UCLA control of the game.

Moiso is averaging a team-high 14.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. The Bruins also will have the services of sophomore forward Matt Barnes, who academically qualified this week after sitting out the first semester. He is expected to be in uniform for the game.

Maine is making the longest road trip this season in Division I, traveling 5,194 miles to participate in this tournament. The Black Bears (5-2) had a five-game winning streak snapped on Dec. 11 with a 91-77 setback at Minnesota. Huggy Dye scored 17 points for Maine, making 7-of-9 shots from the field.

The Bears have a three-pronged attack in Dye and seniors Nate Fox and Andy Bedard. Dye is averaging 16.4 points, Fox leads the team in scoring at 17.1 points and Bedard is contributing 15.9 points, 6.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds.

Maine is a solid perimeter team, hitting 38.2 percent of its 3-point attempts (65-for-170).

This is the first meeting between the schools. The winner of this game will play the winner of the Colorado State-Florida A&M game in the semifinals Tuesday while the losers will meet in the consolation bracket. The Citadel, South Florida, San Jose State and host BYU-Hawaii complete the eight-team field.

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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