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No. 11 UCLA 73, Saint Louis 67

December 20, 1997

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ J.R. Henderson scored 19 points and No. 11 UCLA made 12 of 16 free throws over the final 6:12 to hold off Saint Louis 73-67 Saturday, snapping the Billikens’ eight-game winning streak.

The Bruins (6-1) won their sixth straight game after trailing by seven points early in the second half and watching the Billikens (8-1) get within two with 2:41 remaining on a dunk by Larry Hughes.

Virgil Cobbin fouled Toby Bailey, who hit both free throws and Kris Johnson scored the next time down the floor to increase UCLA’s lead to 66-60 with 2:05 to play.

Hughes, the nation’s second-highest scoring freshman with a 22-point average, finished with 14 before fouling out with 42 seconds left.

Cobbin had 17 points for the Billikens, who are winless in the seven-game series with UCLA.

Hughes was one of four Saint Louis players to foul out, hampering the Billikens for much of the final 10 minutes. They still managed to keep it close on the shooting of Hughes and John Redden, but UCLA keep getting to the free throw line as Matt Baniak, Ryan Luechtefeld, Chris Heinrich and Hughes fouled out.

Saint Louis increasingly lost its height advantage as its tallest players fouled out, leaving the shorter Bruins to grab the rebounds they failed to get earlier.

The Billikens, who trailed by one at halftime, scored the first eight points of the second half to take their largest lead, 36-29. Then the Bruins used a 10-3 run, including a 3-pointer by Baron Davis and five points by Henderson, to tie the game 39-39.

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