Gordon cutting ties with UCLA

December 02, 2009

UCLA coach Ben Howland said sophomore forward Drew Gordon is no longer on the team.

Howland said Tuesday he came to a mutual agreement to part ways with Gordon, who intends to transfer.

The 6-foot-9 Gordon is the Bruins' third-leading scorer, averaging 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while starting all six games. The former San Jose high school star apparently clashed a few times in recent months with Howland, who didn't give a specific reason for Gordon's departure.

UCLA (2-4) lost three straight games at last weekend's 76 Classic in Anaheim.

The Bruins host top-ranked Kansas on Sunday.

•With a team featuring eight freshmen and sophomores in the rotation, Louisville coach Rick Pitino was pleased with the effort on the road in a 76-71 loss at UNLV on Saturday.

The No. 20 Cardinals rallied from a 19-point deficit to tie the game before falling in the final minutes. Pitino thought it was a good test for his young team.

"I found out they're willing to not give in, they're willing to stand up and fight every step along the way," Pitino said.

•Nevada coach David Carter said he anticipates sophomore forward Luke Babbitt and junior guard Armon Johnson will play for the Wolf Pack again next season.

•Freshman center Mouphtaou Yarou tested positive for Hepatitis B and is out indefinitely for No. 3 Villanova.

•DePaul junior center Mac Koshwal could be sidelined four to six weeks with a cracked bone in his foot.

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