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.