Farmar’s free throw helps No. 16 UCLA escape Drexel
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Jordan Farmar hit the a free throw with eight-
tenths of a second remaining and 16th-ranked UCLA escaped with a 57-56 win
over Drexel in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-off at Madison
Farmar, who air-balled his first attempt, rebounded to drain the second for
the Bruins (4-1), who scored the final six points of the game on their way to
their fourth win in five outings this season. Farmar ended with just six
points on 1-of-10 shooting.
Arron Afflalo had a game-high 18 points for UCLA, which trailed for much of
the second-half before rallying for the win.
Kenell Sanchez had 14 points and six rebounds for the Dragons (3-2), who
failed in their second straight bid to upset a ranked opponent for the first
time in nine years. Drexel fell to top-ranked Duke in the semifinal contest on
Wednesday and hasn’t beaten a ranked opponent since defeating 14th-ranked
Memphis in the first round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament.
The Dragons led 56-51 after a Sanchez layup with just under four minutes to
go. However, that would be the final basket for Drexel, which coughed up a
number of opportunities down the stretch.
Afflalo drained a three-pointer with 2 1/2 minutes remaining to draw within
56-54. Then, Sanchez stepped out of bounds on an inbounds play to give the
ball back to the Bruins with 1:30 left.
UCLA came up empty at the offensive end, but managed to come up with a steal
on the defensive end to again get a chance to take the lead. This time,
Afflalo was fouled by Dominick Mejia on a three-point attempt with seven
Afflalo drained two of three to tie the game at 56-56 and then the Bruins
forced Drexel into another turnover on the ensuing inbounds pass with 5.7
Farmar got the ball on the inbounds pass and began to drive to the basket with
Bashir Mason guarding him. Farmar pulled up from the left elbow and Mason
reached in as Farmar went up for the shot as the buzzer sounded.
Officials went to replay to see how much time was remaining and the crew
decided to put eight-tenths back on the clock.
Farmer aired the first free throw, but got the next one to bounce off the
front of the rim and in.
Drexel didn’t get a shot off on the ensuing inbounds pass.
Mason and Frank Elegar each had 13 points for the Dragons, who trailed 30-26
at halftime but used eight straight points to open the second half to take the
Farmar had a career-high 28 points in the semifinal loss to 11th-ranked
Memphis…Drexel lost 78-68 to Duke…Cedric Bozeman had 10 points for the
Bruins…Drexel hit just 1-of-10 from three-point range…UCLA hit 7-of-16
from beyond the arch.