Originally created 01/13/02

Top-ranked Kansas surprised by UCLA

LOS ANGELES - Knocked down by crosstown rival Southern California two days earlier, the always unpredictable UCLA Bruins picked themselves up by beating top-ranked Kansas 87-77 Saturday.

Matt Barnes scored 27 points and the 11th-ranked Bruins got key contributions from everybody else to snap the Jayhawks' 13-game winning streak the same week they took over the top spot from Duke.

"This is exactly why I came to UCLA, to play in this big-time environment," said freshman Cedric Bozeman, who displayed his promise despite a couple of shaky turnovers.

Playing with the passion and heart often missing against lesser opponents, the Bruins came out scrapping and never let up.

"I thought for 40 minutes all the guys were buying into the system. Everyone was playing hard," said UCLA's Jason Kapono, who had 10 points and seven rebounds. "On Thursday, even though we played well and guys were scoring, we just got punked. They all wanted it more. That's something we are trying to change."

Fans stormed center court at Pauley Pavilion, dancing and jumping in celebration of UCLA's first victory over a top-ranked team at home since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruins beat North Carolina.

The Bruins had lost the previous five times they played host to a No. 1 team.

UCLA held the nation's leading offense below its 92.6-point average, forced the Jayhawks into 21 turnovers and never trailed after the 10-minute mark of the first half.

"What surprised me was our lack of poise and our turnovers," Kansas coach Roy Williams said. "They were quicker and were out in the passing lanes. They were so much more active on defense than they were on Thursday night."


In Norman, Okla., Ebi Ere and Hollis Price led a first-half blitz that gave No. 5 Oklahoma a big lead and the Sooners went on to hand Bob Knight his first Big 12 Conference loss with a victory over Texas Tech.

Price finished with a season-high 27 points and Ere scored 25 for the Sooners (13-1, 2-0), who controlled the game from the start and won their 12th straight.

Texas Tech (13-2, 2-1) had won 10 in a row but were overmatched this time.

Andy Ellis, the Red Raiders' leading scorer with a 17.9 average, had just eight on 2-of-7 shooting against Oklahoma. He wasn't alone - as a team, Tech shot 35 percent (22-of-62).


In Ames, Iowa, Ivan McFarlin scored 16 points and No. 6 Oklahoma State relied on its balance to overcome a career-high 30 points by Tyray Pearson in beating Iowa State.

Oklahoma State (15-1, 2-1 Big 12) trailed by as many as seven points before scoring 10 straight late in the first half to take the lead for good, then held on at the end to break Iowa State's 19-game conference winning streak at home.

Pearson, coming off his previous high of 28 points in an upset of No. 17 Missouri on Wednesday, helped Iowa State (9-8, 1-2) keep it interesting to the end after Oklahoma State led by 10 with less than eight minutes to play.


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