UCLA holds off Alabama, advances to Sweet 16
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – Arron Afflalo scored all 13 of his points in
the second half and UCLA advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with
a 62-59 victory over Alabama in second-round action from the Oakland bracket.
Jordan Farmar made five three-point field goals in an 18-point effort, while
Ryan Hollins added 12 points for the second-seeded Bruins (29-6), who recorded
their ninth straight win and reached a regional semifinal for the first time
UCLA will next face third-seeded Gonzaga, which moved on with a 90-80 win over
Indiana in Salt Lake City, Thursday in Oakland.
Ronald Steele netted 21 points for the 10th-seeded Crimson Tide (18-13).
Jermareo Davidson and Richard Hendrix each finished with 12 in defeat.
The Bruins led for virtually the entire game, although Alabama stayed close
throughout, partly due to some spotty free throw shooting from UCLA down the
UCLA went just 4-of-10 from the charity stripe and missed six in a row at one
point in the second half. However, the Bruins were 9-of-24 from three-point
range, compared to just 2-of-13 by the Crimson Tide beyond the arc.
Jean Felix, who tied an Alabama single-game record with eight triples in a 31-
point performance in the Tide’s first-round triumph over Marquette, didn’t
make one all game and ended with just five points.
Alabama had a chance to win or tie after UCLA’s Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
missed his second free throw with the Bruins up 61-59 with 18.8 seconds left.
Following a timeout, Steele came up short on a three-point try with under five
seconds to go and the Bruins’ Cedric Bozeman grabbed the rebound.
With less than a second remaining, Bozeman made his first free throw but
missed the second. However, Alabama didn’t have enough time to get off a final