Short-Handed Bruins Prepare For DePaul

Dec. 17, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) - No. 19 DePaul travels to Los Angeles Saturday to take on an 18th-ranked UCLA team that is riddled with injuries and suspensions.

The Bruins (3-1) dressed only eight players last Saturday against Gonzaga, and were held to their lowest point total ever at Pauley Pavilion in a 59-43 loss.

That, however, is the least of UCLA's woes heading into this matchup.

Guard Ryan Bailey missed the game with an injured right foot and is day-to-day. Matt Barnes is on academic suspension, and forward JaRon Rush was suspended last Friday.

UCLA also needs to figure out a way to stop DePaul's Quentin Richardson, who helped the Blue Demons win their third straight game on Tuesday.

With 25 NBA scouts on hand to watch the sophomore forward, Richardson scored 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting and pulled down 12 rebounds.

"Whether they come or not, I just try to play the same way every night. Tonight, I just got hot and they got me the ball," Richardson said.

The Blue Demons suffered an injury to one of their key players when they lost starting point guard Rashon Burno with a sprained knee ligament. He will be out three to five weeks.

DePaul has been without starting center Lance Williams all season because of a broken bone in his foot, but he may be back for this contest.

"Rashon's injury is just another fork in the road," Richardson said. "We had to go without Lance and now he's ready to come back. Now we have to pull together and fill Rashon's void."

UCLA leads the all-time series 9-6, and won the last meeting, 92-90, during the 1990-91 season in Chicago.

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