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A flooded Pauley Pavilion reopened in 2012 after $136 million in renovations

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Less than two years ago, UCLA unveiled its revamped Pauley Pavilion.

It modernized the historic college basketball arena, where an NCAA record 11 national championship banners hang from the rafters. On Tuesday afternoon, a massive water main break, led to a flooded the UCLA campus, turning the famous gymnasium into a natatorium.

The 30-inch water main on West Sunset Boulevard ruptured after 3 p.m., according to Just before 5 p.m., sandbags were being placed in front of the northern part of Pauley Pavilion, “where some water has already gotten inside.”

By 5:30 p.m. PDT, half court, which featured a new logo as part of those renovations several years ago, was covered in a pool of water.

In 2010, the university began renovations on the structure that opened in June of 1965. It was originally built for $5 million. The renovations, which lasted until 2012, ran upwards of $136 million. During renovations, the Bruins played most of their 2011-2012 regular season home games 16 miles away at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, which is closer to the USC campus. The Bruins played four more at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

UCLA opened the 2012-2013 season against Indiana State, the school where John Wooden began his coaching career. The Bruins downed the Sycamores, 86-59, on Nov. 9, 2012, the first game in the revamped Pauley Pavilion.

In that time, the university was able to add 1,000 seats, upping the capacity to 13,800. The Pavilion Club, located on the north side of the arena was constructed for UCLA donors to enjoy a buffet while also serving alcohol, two hours before home games. A new video board hung over half court. Concession stands were added. As was a new locker room for the men’s basketball team. A locker room that is now flooded.

Pauley Pavilion wasn’t the only UCLA athletic site to be affected on Tuesday. Drake Stadium, the track and field facility, was also flooded. According the Los Angeles Times, Spaulding Field, the football team’s practice facility, which also underwent renovations in 2012, appears to have avoided any damage.

The Los Angeles Times also reported that up to 10 million gallons of water poured out of the 90-year-old water main line. Pauley Pavilion is reportedly under six inches of water. UCLA is scheduled to play an exhibition game on Oct. 31 and open the season at home on Nov. 14 against Montana State.

Labissiere scores 16 as top-ranked Kentucky beats BU 82-62

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Freshman center Skal Labissiere scored 16 points to lead top-ranked Kentucky past Boston University 82-62 on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (5-0) used a big second half to overcome Boston U. in their season debut at No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. One day after taking over the top spot, Kentucky struggled to put away the Terriers early but outscored them 42-29 in the second half.

Labissiere finished 7 of 13 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Tyler Ulis added 15 points, and Alex Poythress had 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for his second straight double-double.

Jamal Murray scored 12 points and Isaiah Briscoe had 11. Kentucky, which spent all of last season ranked No. 1, scored 58 points in the paint and closed with a 22-9 run.

Boston University (2-3) got 15 points from John Papale. Nathan Dieudonne and Kyle Foreman scored 11 apiece.

The Wildcats raced out to a 10-0 lead 3 minutes into the game, but Boston University settled down after making its first basket and kept the score close in the first half by hitting five shots from long range.

The Terriers led 34-33 with 2 minutes remaining in the first half, but the Wildcats scored the last six points of the period to regain the lead.

Labissiere paced the Wildcats with 11 points in the first half, followed by Murray with 10.


Kentucky: The Wildcats improved to 216-28 as the top-ranked team in the country and have won 61 of their last 64 games while holding the top spot. Under coach John Calipari, Kentucky is 63-5 as the top-ranked team in the AP poll.

Boston University: The Terriers fell to 0-5 against Kentucky. … Boston University missed its first four shots and didn’t score its first basket until the 16:55 mark of the first half. … Dieudonne, a graduate of Louisville Trinity, was Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball in 2012.


Kentucky plays Friday against South Florida at the Hoophall Miami Invitational.

Boston University plays Saturday at Binghamton.

Division III William Paterson forfeits game to protest coach’s firing

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William Paterson, a Division III basketball program in New Jersey, forfeited a game on Tuesday night to protest the firing of their head coach, Jose Rebimbas.

Rebimbas, a player for the 1990 Seton Hall team that reached the national title game, had been with the program for 20 years, amassing nearly 400 wins, winning six league titles and reaching nine NCAA tournaments. He announced his firing earlier this week on FaceBook, and the players on his team responded by boycotting Tuesday night’s matchup with Ramapo.

Dylan Burns, a William Paterson student that does play-by-play for the school’s athletic teams, tweeted that the basketball players came out of the locker room for layups lines, took off their warmups, threw them in a pile on the court and walked off the floor.

The following screengrabs from instagram videos that have since been removed show the players leaving the floor:

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And the jerseys piled in the middle of the court:

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The crowd at the game can be heard cheering when it is announced that the game has been forfeited.

Rebimbas wrote the following on FaceBook over the weekend:

“It is with great sadness and extreme frustration that after today I will not be coaching the basketball team at William Paterson University. WP has been my home and family for more than 20 years and yet the University has taken action to remove me from the service I love. People I have trusted and served with have defied logic and are pursing my termination because of a misunderstanding over a facility rental fee for a camp that I run.”

“These actions come despite the University hearing officer determining that termination was not warranted. The University has unfairly and illegally taken my right to coach and mentor the student-athletes I love. I am prepared to fight the actions of William Paterson University and restore my good name and that of the program.”