UCLA Survives Scare from Boise State

Dec. 22, 1997


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kris Johnson and J.R. Henderson scored 22 points each and Toby Bailey added 21 as No. 9 UCLA held off Boise State 81-75 Monday night for its seven straight victory.

The Bruins (7-1) trailed by five points midway through the second half and only led by three with 55 seconds remaining.

Kejuan Woods, who played at the same Inglewood high school as Bruin freshman point guard Baron Davis, hit two free throws to draw Boise State within three, but seconds later, he picked up his fifth foul.

The Broncos (6-3) got only two free throws in the final 55 seconds.

Johnson, playing his fourth game since returning from a preseason suspension on Dec. 13, and Henderson steadied the Bruins during a critical stretch when the teams exchanged one-point leads.

UCLA controlled the boards, 41-25, led by Henderson's career-high-tying 15 rebounds.

Mike Tolman scored 19 points, including a season-high-tying five 3-pointers, to lead the Broncos, playing the Bruins for the first time in 19 years. Tolman moved into third place on Boise State's career list for 3-pointers made.

UCLA scored the first four points of the second half for a 45-42 lead, but Boise State dominated the next eight minutes in taking a five-point lead.

Roberto Bergersen's dunk off a steal put the Broncos ahead 61-56, but he picked up his fifth foul 10 seconds later and finished with 11 points - nine below his average.

Henderson sank both free throws and the Bruins took off on their own run. Davis stole the ball and scored on a layup that ended with him getting fouled and crashing into the padded basket standard. Davis' free throw tied it 61-61.

After Woods hit a basket to give Boise State the lead, Mike Hagman committed his fourth foul, sending Johnson to the line, where he made both and scored the next time down the floor as UCLA led 65-62.

Hagman's 3-pointer was answered by Johnson, who hit one of his own to put UCLA ahead by five with 4:31 to play.

The Broncos trailed by 10 in the first half, then hit four 3-pointers in a 23-12 run to lead by one at halftime.