UCLA has lost only seven games in the 14-year history of Pauley Pavilion and Notre Dame is responsible for three of them, including Saturday night's 81-78 victory over the second-ranked Bruins.
Senior guard Rich Branning and sophomore forward Kelly Tripucka each scored 21 points to pace the third-ranked Irish to its fifth victory over UCLA in their last six meetings. That double whammy offset a fine effort from Bruin guard Brad Holland, who scored 21 points -- mostly from outside.
Holland's 20-footer tied the score at 62-all with 6:30 remaining and capped a Bruin comeback from a 57-44 deficit. But UCLA committed seven fouls in the final four minutes and the Irish scored 13 of their final 19 points from the free throw line.
A basket by freshman Tyrone Naulls late in the game gave UCLA (3-1) one more chance as the hots pulled to within 77-76 with 27 seconds remaining. But Stan Wilcox, who had just entered the game, made both ends of one-and-one free throws and Tripucka added two more charity tosses to ice unbeaten Notre Dame's fourth victory of the season.
Kyle Macy's technical free throw with three seconds remaining in overtime enabled 10th-ranked Kentucky to come from a six-point deficit with 31 seconds left for a 67-66 victory over No. 5 Kansas in Lexington.
The technical was called on on Kansas guard Darnell Valetine, who called a time out after his team had used their allotted time outs.
Trailing 66-60, Kentucky's Dwight Anderson made a field goal with 31 seconds remaining and then converted one-and-one foul shots to bring the Wildcats to within 66-64 with 10 seconds left. Anderson deflected a Kansas inbounds pass to Macy, who tied the game with a jumper with three seconds remaining. Valentine then called the illegal time out.
Greg Kelser's 27 points carried No. 4 Michigan State past upset-minded Cal State Fullerton, 92-89. The Titans held Spartan sophomore All-America Eavin Johnson to a career-low five points and made up most of a 14-point deficit with a hot shooting streak late in the game.
Michigan, Louisville and North Carolina State, ranked sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, all won. The Wolverines got 27 points from sophomore Mike McGee and 17 more from phil Hubbard to take a 66-61 victory over host Dayton. Darrell Griffith poured in 29 points, including 14 in the final 4:20 of the first half, to pace Louisville to 101-54 romp over Idaho. Forward Hawkeye Whitney scored 28 points and Clyde Austin added 22 to lead the Wolfpack to a 108-83 rout of Campbell College.
Al Green scored 30 points and Lionel Green added 26 and 20 rebounds to spark No. 12 Louisiana State to a 98-88 victory over Tulane. Micah Blunt, a freshman center, led the Green Wave with 24 points and 12 rebounds; freshman guard Joe Holston (from Dunbar of Washington) added 12 points.
Freshman Devin Durrant scored 26 points to lead Brigham Young to a 76-64 victory over Purdue in the championship game of the Cougar Classic. Santa Clara trounced St. Joseph's in the consolation, 87-73.
No. 19 Maryland got 22 points from Ernest Graham en route to an easy 86-60 victory over Biscayne. Freshman guard Dutch Morley had 11 assists and freshman forward Buck Williams pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds for the Terps. Soph forward Albert King missed his second straight full game with a straine knee.
Unbeaten Georgetown, the nation's 20th-ranked squad, made up an 11-point deficit in the first half en route to a 77-71 victory over host St. John's. The Hoyas (5-0) got 22 points from Craig Shelton and 21 from John Duren.
The Hoyas outscored the Redmen from the free-throw line, 23-5. Steve Martin added 17 points for Georgetown, hitting, seven of 10 from the floor.
James Madison connected on 33 of 36 free throws and shot 53 percent from the field to smash host George Mason, 77-64. Steve Stielper led the Dukes with 30 points and 10 rebounds. For the Patriots, David Skaff scored 19 points and Myron Contee had 11 assists and six steals.
Stan Lamb scored his 20th and 21st points from the free throw line with 12 seconds left to lift American to a 63-62 victory over host Lafayette. Soph forward Boo Bowers added 17 points for the Eagles nd sub forward Ray Voelkel made both his shots to run his consecutive field goal string to 20.
North Carolina-Charlotte scored the first 12 points of the second half to break a 29-29 tie and went on to defeat George Washington, 66-61, in the final of the First Union Invitational in Charlotte. Junior guard Chad Kinch led the winners with 28 points, two more than GW center Mike Zagardo.
Colonial forward Mike Samson was ejected for throwing a forearm after 23 minutes of play and 12 points scored. Zagardo added a game-high 12 rebounds. Colonial starting guard Brian Magid missed all four of his attempts from the floor.
In other games involving area teams, Steve Dade scored 23 points and garbbed 11 rebounds as Catholic beat Rochester, 75-61, in the consolation game of the Cornell-Pepsi Tournament in Ithaca, N.Y.; Virginia Commonwealth destroyed Southeastern, 120-69, behind 30 points by Penny Elliott; Barry Frazier's 28 points led the University of the District of Columbia to an 88-74 triumph over Strayer; and Charles Jackson scored 34 points to lead Bowie State to an 89-75 verdict over Dominican College.