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Note to UCLA: Pauley Pavilion wants a winner

November 26, 2012|By Chris Foster
  • Norman Powell of UCLA scores on a layup during a 100-70 victory over James Madison on Nov. 15.
Norman Powell of UCLA scores on a layup during a 100-70 victory over James… (Harry How / Getty Images )

That didn’t take long.

UCLA came up a little short in reopening Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins won their first 51 games after the arena opened in 1965. Their 70-68 loss to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Sunday ended UCLA’s first home winning streak at three.

The Bruins opened the 1965-66 season with a 92-66 victory over Ohio State. They didn’t lose an official game in the arena until USC upset No. 1 UCLA, 46-44, on March 8, 1969.

With pre-Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), UCLA was golden in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA went 18-8 in 1965-66, but was 11-0 in the new arena.

Of course, the 1965-66 Bruins did lose their first-ever game in Pauley Pavilion … to a UCLA freshman team led by Alcindor and Lucius Allen.

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