Ineligible for the NCAA title from 1957-59, UCLA returned to the national scene with a vengeance, winning the championship with a squad made up entirely of sophomores and juniors. NCAA singles champion Larry Nagler, Allen Fox and captain Norm Perry led the Bruins, who ran their dual-match winning streak to 27 before a heartbreaking loss to Lamar Tech. Included in the streak was a 5-1 rout of powerful Trinity of Texas. Nagler and Fox teamed as NCAA doubles champions. UCLA's national team championship was its fifth in J.D. Morgan's 10 years as coach.
With a host of returning lettermen, the Bruins won their second consecutive national title and seventh overall by edging USC by one point again at the NCAA championships. Defending champion Larry Nagler was upset in the third round of singles play at the NCAAs, but captain Allen Fox kept the title at UCLA with a sweep of Michigan's Ray Senkowski in the final. Fox and Nagler reached the semifinals of doubles play before losing a grueling match to Bill Hoogs and Jim McManus of California. The Bruins were 13-0 in duals, including a 5-0 mark in AAWU play.
UCLA used a 16-0 spurt late in the first half to spark a 98-83 victory over Duke and cap a perfect 30-0 season in the NCAA title game in Kansas City, Missouri. It was the beginning of the most dominant era in college basketball, a stretch in which the Bruins would win 10 national championships in 12 years. Head coach John Wooden had a relatively undersized team, but took advantage of its experience and quickness by utilizing a devastating zone press that would become UCLA's trademark. Senior Walt Hazzard, perhaps the top playmaker in Bruin history, averaged 18.6 points per game and was named college basketball's player of the year. Gail Goodrich led the Bruins with an average of 21.5 points per game. Top reserve Kenny Washington came off the bench to score a career-high 26 points and grab 12 rebounds in the championship game. The Bruins were not regarded as title contenders at the beginning of the season but moved into the top spot in the national polls early in January for the first time in school history.
Guard Gail Goodrich scored a school-record 42 points to lead the Bruins to a 91-80 victory over Michigan in the NCAA championship game in Portland, Oregon. Goodrich and Keith Erickson were the only returning starters from the team that won UCLA's first national title in 1964, and the Bruins were drubbed by Illinois in the season opener. But John Wooden's squad nearly was flawless after that, with only a loss to Iowa when Erickson was hurt marring the rest of the schedule. UCLA finished 28-2. Goodrich led the Bruins by averaging 24.6 points per game. Erickson averaged 12.9 points and perfected his role as the safety in the zone press. UCLA averaged an even 100 points in winning its four NCAA tournament games.
Davis Cup star Arthur Ashe led the Bruins to a dominating performance at the 1965 men's tennis championships at UCLA. Ashe helped the Bruins compile a remarkable 31 points, far ahead of second-place Miami, which had only 13. He won the NCAA singles title, then teamed with Ian Crookendon (a Davis Cup player for New Zealand) to win the doubles title, beating UCLA teammates Dave Reed and David Sanderlin in the final. Elty Brown and Gino Tanasescu joined Ashe, Crookenden, Reed, and Sanderlin in the Bruins' singles lineup.
The Bruins lapped the field at the 1966 NCAA track championships, winning their second title with 81 points - 48 points more than runner-up BYU. Ron Copeland won the high hurdles with a school-record time of 13.6 and ran a leg on UCLA's winning 440-yard and mile relay teams. Tom Jones added an individual title in the 220-yard dash. In a record-setting season, the Bruins established 13 new school records, including a pair of NCAA records. UCLA also was unbeatable in dual-meet competition, and its 86-59 rout of USC at the Los Angeles Coliseum was its first-ever against its crosstown rival.
UCLA started four sophomores and a junior but rarely was challenged en route to a 30-0 season and its third national championship in four years. One of the sophomores was center Lew Alcindor, who scored a school-record 56 points in his first varsity game and later had 61 in a victory over Washington State. Alcindor averaged 29.0 points per game and set an NCAA record by making 66.7 percent of his field-goal attempts. He earned the first of three consecutive player of the year awards. Guard Lucius Allen averaged 15.5 points per game and guard Mike Warren, the lone junior in the starting lineup, added 12.7. The Bruins outscored their four NCAA tournament opponents by 95 points. They easily handled upstart Dayton 79-64 in the championship game at Louisville, Kentucky.
Lew Alcindor scored 34 points as the Bruins blasted North Carolina 78-55 in the NCAA title game at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles. The victory gave UCLA its fourth championship in five years. With their entire starting lineup back from the 1967 national championship season, the Bruins were favored to win again in 1968. However, they entered the NCAA tournament ranked second in the nation behind Houston after a two-point defeat to the Cougars in the Astrodome, a loss that snapped UCLA's winning streak at 47. In the NCAA semifinals, however, the Bruins exacted revenge, crushing Houston 101-69 as Alcindor, Lucius Allen and Mike Lynn each scored 19 points. Five players averaged in double figures in scoring for the 29-1 Bruins in 1968, led by Alcindor's 26.2. He was named the college player of the year.
Three-time player of the year Lew Alcindor concluded his college career by scoring 37 points and grabbing 20 rebounds, and the Bruins became the first team to win three consecutive NCAA basketball titles with a 92-72 rout of Purdue in the final in Louisville, Kentucky. UCLA won its first 25 games of the 1969 season, although the 25th was a double-overtime struggle at USC. The next night, the Trojans upset the Bruins 46-44, handing UCLA its first loss ever at Pauley Pavilion. However, that was the only blemish on a 29-1 season. The Bruins swept into the Final Four with victories over New Mexico State and Santa Clara in the NCAA regionals at Pauley Pavilion, then edged Drake to reach the championship game. Alcindor averaged 24.0 points per game and finished his career as UCLA's all-time scoring and rebounding leader. The teams he played on won 88 of 90 games.
Freshman Scott Massey's 20-foot goal with three seconds left in the third quarter broke a 2-2 tie and propelled UCLA to a 5-2 victory over California in the first NCAA men's water polo championship game in Long Beach, California. Jim Ferguson and Torrey Webb added fourth-period goals to secure the victory for coach Bob Horn's Bruins, who completed a perfect season at 19-0. UCLA had reached the title game by beating USC and Long Beach State. Gregg Arth, Paul Becskehazy, freshman goalie Kevin Craig, Ferguson and Webb earned All-America honors.
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