November 26, 2002 |
Losing two exhibitions hurt UCLA's pride. And judging from the scars, the Bruins are giving the notion of playing with intensity something more tangible than lip service. Center Ryan Hollins has a fat lip and forward Jason Kapono is wearing a bandage below his bottom lip, the result of a collision in practice. Guard Jon Crispin returned to practice after suffering a concussion last week. "It's obvious we are not where we need to be, so we've really brought it at practice," Kapono said.
January 18, 2003 |
When it was suggested to Paul Westphal that he must have walked under a ladder or crossed paths with a black cat, he laughed. The Pepperdine coach knows it's difficult to fathom the rash of misfortune that has befallen his team, but resorting to excuses isn't his style. "You just keep looking forward," he said. Pepperdine took a positive step by defeating Santa Clara, 73-69, in a West Coast Conference game Friday night in front of 1,737 at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu.
December 22, 2002 |
Travis Hansen scored 19 points and Brigham Young beat UC Santa Barbara, 69-56, on Saturday at Provo, Utah, to extend the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 40 games. Mark Bigelow had 11 points and made successive three-pointers to start a 15-4 run by BYU in the second half, giving the Cougars (8-1) a 10-point lead. Santa Barbara (3-5) never pulled closer than seven as BYU made 13 of 15 free throws in the final 10 minutes. Branduinn Fullove led Santa Barbara with 17 points.
February 16, 2003 |
Branduinn Fullove didn't start Saturday night for UC Santa Barbara after suffering a concussion earlier in the week, but he ended up giving Cal State Northridge plenty of headaches. Fullove, a junior forward, scored a game-high 19 points and had six rebounds to help the Gauchos remain in first place in the Big West Conference with a 67-58 victory before 1,582 at Northridge.
March 11, 2003 |
The championship game of the West Coast Conference basketball tournament Monday night, still being played as this edition went to press, was a study of feast and famine. Gonzaga was promoting a "Drive for Five," going for its fifth consecutive title and another automatic NCAA tournament berth. San Diego had a powerful "Thirst for First," having never won the tournament and not qualified for the NCAA's big dance since 1987.
February 28, 2003 |
Salim Stoudamire made six three-point baskets and scored 20 points at Berkeley as No. 1-ranked Arizona took control of the Pacific 10 Conference race on Thursday night with an 88-75 victory over No. 23 California. The Wildcats (22-2, 14-1 Pac-10) can clinch the regular-season conference title Saturday with a victory at Stanford. California (19-6, 12-4) was eliminated from contention. It was the seventh consecutive victory for the Wildcats, who ended the Golden Bears' 17-game home winning streak.
December 1, 2002 |
UC Irvine freshman point guard Jeff Gloger learned he would get his first start during practice earlier in the week. While the inexperience of only three collegiate games showed at times, Gloger played like a seasoned veteran when the Anteaters needed him Saturday night. Gloger scored all 11 of his points in the second half to help Irvine to a 74-69 victory over a short-handed Pepperdine squad in front of 1,866 at Firestone Fieldhouse.
January 28, 1999 |
Boring lectures and infinite homework become memories when partyers hit the dance floor Thursday nights at the Off Campus Pub in Fullerton. The pub, a short distance from Cal State Fullerton, has enjoyed a massive Thursday night enrollment since it opened in 1994. Its no-cover-charge policy (excluding a few holidays and events) sometimes causes hefty lines, but that doesn't seem to stop those who get in from raging. Best of all, $1.
March 10, 2003 |
It didn't take long for Jason Keep, San Diego's mountain of a center, to make an impression on San Francisco and everyone else Sunday night at Jenny Craig Pavilion. Picture a tattooed Gulliver in high-tops. The 6-foot-10, 280-pound Keep bulled inside for baskets, muscled his way for rebounds and, for good measure, tossed in his first three-point basket of the season to help stake the Toreros to a 17-point halftime lead.
January 19, 2003 |
Another difficult game for Pepperdine, only this time the story wasn't about health problems and injuries. It was about missing jerseys. Pepperdine suited up only nine players Saturday night because of ailments and injuries, old news in a season that got a little older after an 88-73 loss to San Diego in a West Coast Conference game before 2,071 at Firestone Fieldhouse.