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UCLA 0-2 for the first time since 1961

11/30/2002

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- UCLA didn't just lose, it dropped to 0-2 for
the first time in 41 seasons.

And the Bruins did it in front of John Wooden.

And they did it in the tournament named for the coach who made
them a national power.

J.J. Redick scored 20 points as Duke (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) beat the
14th-ranked Bruins 84-73 at the Wooden Tradition in a game pitting
two programs with a total of 14 national titles.

Wooden, 92, said he didn't remember the consecutive losses to
Brigham Young that opened the 1961-62 season. Wooden, who led UCLA
to 10 of its 11 NCAA titles and still faithfully attends games at
Pauley Pavilion, declined to assess this season's Bruins.

"I don't want to give advice,'' he said. "That would make me
sound critical and I'm not going to be critical.''

Wooden gave Duke a trophy for winning the game. Current UCLA
coach Steve Lavin gave explanations of the dismal record, pointing
to 2-2 starts last season and in 1996-97, both teams that wound up
in the NCAA regionals.

"The goal is to go undefeated. You have to have that goal,''
Lavin said. "Some years you have to be more realistic than
others.''

Lavin asked for patience from UCLA fans.

"We're still a work in progress,'' he said. "We have a long
way to go. We've just got to get better as a team in practice.''

Nick Horvath added 16 points to help Duke improve to 7-1 against
the Bruins under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The Blue Devils (3-0) used a 22-6 burst in the second half to
open a 21-point lead. Daniel Ewing started the run with a
3-pointer, and Redick contributed eight points.

While Redick was 5-for-10 from 3-poing range, he also displayed
some nifty moves. He pump-faked Dijon Thompson on the baseline,
then moved to the lane and drove for an uncontested layup.

Redick made it 65-44 with his fourth 3-pointer of the game. He
credited Chris Duhon, with 14 points and eight assists, for finding
him when he was open.

"Playing with Chris makes my job much easier because he's
looking for me,'' Redick said.

UCLA trailed 70-53 when Jason Kapono (19 points) scored nine
points to help the Bruins pull within nine.

But Duhon answered with consecutive layups to push the lead back
to double-digits. Kapono sank a 3 with 1:31 left to make it 81-69,
but the Bruins never got closer.

Thompson scored 15, and Cedric Bozeman 11 for UCLA.

Dahntay Jones scored 13 points, while Ewing added 12 for Duke,
which shot 54.2 percent from the field. Ewing made three 3s, and
Horvath was 7-for-10 from the floor.

UCLA, coming off an 86-82 loss in its home opener against San
Diego, opened Saturday's game with a 12-2 run before missing 12 of
its next 15 shots.

After the 12-2 run, Krzyzewski benched all the starters except
for Duhon, and Redick, Horvath, Sean Dockery and Casey Sanders
scored 13 straight points.

"The four kids coming off the bench did an incredible job of
changing and turning the game around,'' Krzyzewski said. "We can
play better, no question. But I don't want to take away from what
the kids did. They had to play well to beat UCLA.''

A 3 by Ewing stretched Duke's lead to 32-23, but Ray Young
scored 10 points in the final four minutes as UCLA pulled to 40-33
at the half.