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UCLA started off the 1964-65 season on a bad note, losing to Illinois 110-83. They only lost one more game the rest of the season. Gail Goodrich blossomed into a scoring machine, averaging 24.6 points per game. Three other Bruins averaged double figures: Keith Erickson (12.9), Fred Goss (12.2), and Edgar Lacey (11.6). The killer press-and-fast-break style of the previous year continued to work again.

[1965 Championship Team]
TOP (l to r): John Wooden, Ducky Drake, Rich Levin, Edgar Lacey, Doug McIntosh, Vaughn Hoffman, Bill Winkelholz, Mike Lynn, Keith Erickson, Kenny Washington, Bill Ureda. BOTTOM: Jerry Norman, Gail Goodrich, John Lyons, John Galbraith, Mike Serafin, Brice Chambers, Larry McCollister, Fred Goss.

In the NCAA Tournament, UCLA averaged 100 points per game!!! Gail Goodrich led them with 42 points in the championship game, as UCLA went on to beat Michigan 91-80 for their second (consecutive) championship. Goodrich, Edgar Lacey, and Kenny Washington were voted to the All Tournament team, though Bill Bradley of Princeton narrowly beat Goodrich for the Most Outstanding Player by scoring 58 points in the national third place game. Here's some stats on UCLA's 1965 NCAA Tournament games:

March 12: NCAA West Regional semi-final at Provo, Utah:

UCLA 100

Brigham Young 76

Leading Scorers:

Goodrich 40
Erickson 28
Lacey 15

Fairchild 23
Gardner 14
Kramer 10

March 13: NCAA West Regional final at Provo, Utah:

UCLA 101

USF 93

Leading Scorers:

Goodrich 30
Erickson 29
Lacey 15
Goss 13

Johnson 37
Ellis 16
Gumina 16
Mueller 12

March 19: NCAA Championship semi-final at Portland, Oregon:

UCLA 108

Wichita State 89

Leading Scorers:

Goodrich 28
Lacey 24
Goss 19
McIntosh 11
Washington 10
Lynn 10

Thompson 36
Pete 17
Leach 12

March 20: NCAA Championship final at Portland, Oregon:


Michigan 80

Leading Scorers:

Goodrich 42
Washington 17
Lacey 11

Russell 28
Darden 17
Buntin 14

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