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KAPONO'S SHOTS: 1-0 in the Pac-10

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is in his senior season at and is a three-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection. One of the nation's best shooters, Kapono is now No. 1 on 's 3-point list and is averaging 15.0 points per game this season. Check in weekly for Jason's thoughts as the Bruins make a run for March Madness and NCAA glory. FOXSports.com: Last night you broke out of your shooting slump (in win vs. Washington) and hit three out of five 3-pointers. How'd that feel? : It felt real good. It felt like I had a pretty good rhythm, that my shots were going down. I was getting my legs back into my shots. I felt pretty confident, and hopefully I got some of my "swagger" back so I can put together some good back-to-back games and help us get back on track. FOXSports.com: How important was it for you guys to go on the road and get a win, get some confidence back after losing three games in a row? Kapono: It was a huge step for us, to go on the road after all we've been through and get that first victory in the conference and start off Pac-10 play in a positive fashion. It's a good confidence builder and hopefully it'll lead to some more victories. We've got to erase the bad feeling left from the way we've started this year, but it's a new season with conference play under way, and right now we're 1-0. FOXSports.com: Before the game, was listed as questionable at best, and it looked as if he might not play. How big was it to have him come in and contribute (14 points)? Kapono: It was one of those things where his availability was a game-time decision by the coaching staff. I think he played pretty well, taking into account that he hadn't practiced in awhile. I think that he's getting better, it's just one of those things — his knee is always going to hurt a bit, it'll just be a matter of him playing through the pain. FOXSports.com: Last night was such an up-and-down game (UCLA blew a 17-point lead and had 29 turnovers), but still held on for the win. What did the coaching staff tell you after the game? Kapono: Basically they told us we need to take better care of the basketball, and play smart. It was good that we didn't let the 29 turnovers turn into a loss. It was a character builder for us, to show that we can fight through all the turnovers and all the poor plays that we made and gut out the win. It was important for us to start off conference play on a good note. Now we're hoping to grab a second win on this trip up in Pullman against . FOXSports.com: Speaking of , Saturday you face the Cougars up in Pullman for the last time. What do you expect out of this game? Kapono: They're a fun team, it should be a very fast-paced and high-scoring game tomorrow. We always have a tough game up there against them, they're such a fiery team. We can't come out and play flat against them, they're going to be amped for the game. Everyone always brings their "A" game against us. We know that we¿re going to have to take their best game tomorrow, and hopefully we can prevail.
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