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Charting the Lead: A look at the Bruins' lead or deficit by the minute.

NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT | Game Report / Second Half

March 16, 2002|LARRY STEWART | Times Staff Writer

What happened: The Bruins picked up where they left off, going on a 13-0 run at the start of the half to take a 49-26 lead. Billy Knight, who made a three-point shot as time expired in the first half, made three straight three-pointers to start UCLA off on the right track. And Mississippi's Jason Harrison missed two more three-pointers during the Bruin run. The Rebels' Justin Reed made a hook shot and a layup to make it closer and Emmanuel Wade later made two three-pointers in a row to cut UCLA's lead to 55-40. But everything else went UCLA's way. Even Rico Hines was making shots.

Not in the box score: Not only did the Bruins have a big night offensively, their defense was outstanding. Ole Miss made only 21 of 62 shots (34%) and 10 of 35 three-pointers.

Winning number: The Bruins made 16 of 17 free throws. And UCLA's reserves outscored the first unit, 42-38.

Wrong number: Matt Barnes, Jason Kapono and Cedric Bozeman might just as well have stayed home. Barnes made two of five shots, missing all three of his three-point shots. Kapono made one of four shots and had two points. It was goose eggs for Bozeman, despite his 13-inch height advantage over Harrison. Bozeman finished with three turnovers and Barnes had six.

Leading scorers: UCLA--Knight 11 (three of three on three-pointers), Hines 7, Dijon Thompson 6. Mississippi--Justin Reed 10, Aaron Harper 7, Emmanuel Wade 6.

Leading rebounders: UCLA--T.J. Cummings 6, Knight 4. Mississippi--Reed 5, Harper 3.

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