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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Alcindor awesome in UCLA debut
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Dec. 3, 1966

Exactly 10 years to the day later, another 7-footer makes a loud noise in his varsity debut. Lew Alcindor (who will later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) scores a UCLA record 56 points as the Bruins beat USC, 105-90, in Pauley Pavilion.

After connecting on 23-of-32 from the field and 10-of-14 from the foul line, the sophomore center downplays his performance. "My shooting was only adequate," he says. "I could have done better. And my defense was poor, too. I need to work on it."

Maybe Alcindor doesn't please himself, but his coach is impressed. "He was just awesome on offense," says John Wooden.

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