No. 11 UCLA Looks To Stay Unbeaten Against No. 24 Gonzaga

Dec. 10, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The 11-ranked UCLA Bruins (3-0) are off to their best start in five seasons heading into their first contest with 24th-ranked Gonzaga.

The last time the Bruins started with three straight wins was 1994-95, the last NCAA championship season for UCLA.

The Bruins rolled to a 100-39 victory over winless Morgan State on Dec. 1, the third-largest margin of victory in school history. UCLA scored 29 consecutive points in the second half and successfully executed coach Steve Lavin's directive to keep Morgan State under 40 points.

The Bruins reached 100 points in consecutive games for the first time since winning the national title. They beat Iona 105-73 four days earlier.

Not to be outdone, the Bruins' defense has been equally strong in its first three games, forcing an average of 29.3 turnovers a game, while committing just 17.0 a contest. UCLA has also outrebounded each team along the way.

Gonzaga (4-2) faces its third straight ranked opponent and looks to avoid it third straight loss.

The Bulldogs offense was the exact opposite of the Bruins on Wednesday, shooting a dismal 6-of-37 (16 percent) from 3-point range, and just 31 percent overall in a 64-43 loss to No. 19 Temple in the Great Eight Classic in Chicago.

Matt Santangelo and Richie Frahm kept their season-long streak of double-figure scoring alive. But Frahm's 13 points came on 5-of-18 shooting, while Santangelo added 12 on 5-of-13 shooting. The two were a combined 3-of-24 from 3-point range.

"We executed the way we needed to, we just missed shots," Santangelo said. "How many times is that going to happen? It's not going to happen every night."

Gonzaga, the darlings of the NCAA tournament last year as they knocked off Minnesota, Stanford and Florida on the way to the West Regional final, gave top-ranked Cincinnati fits before losing, 75-68, on Saturday.

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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
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
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
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA