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Duke cruises; UCLA falls to 0-2

©Associated Press
December 1, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS -- 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 in the tournament named for the coach who made them a national power.

J.J. Redick scored 20 as No. 6 Duke beat the No. 14th Bruins 84-73 at the Wooden Tradition in a game pitting two programs with a combined 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 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 seasons in which the Bruins 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. We're still a work in progress."

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

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.

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

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 had eight points.

While Redick was 5-for-10 on 3-pointers, he also displayed nifty moves. He pump-faked Dijon Thompson on the baseline and moved to the lane, driving for an uncontested layup.

Redick made it 65-44 with his fourth 3-pointer. 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 to help the Bruins pull within nine. But Duhon answered with consecutive layups.

Thompson scored 15, Cedric Bozeman 11 for UCLA.

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