UCLA moves on with win over Indiana
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Darren Collison posted 15 points, including
two late free throws, and also grabbed five rebounds, and UCLA staved off a
late rally by Indiana to edge the Hoosiers, 54-49, in the second round of the
NCAA Tournament West Region.
Arron Afflalo scored 10 points, Lorenzo Mata added eight points and eight
rebounds, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute donated seven points and 11 rebounds
for second-seeded UCLA (28-5), which moves on to battle Pitt in a regional
D.J. White scored 12 points and cleared 14 rebounds for the Hoosiers (21-11).
Earl Calloway also scored 12 points, had six rebounds and five assists, and
Lance Stemler finished with 10.
Holding a seven-point lead at intermission, the Bruins opened the second half
on a 7-0 run and led 27-13 on Josh Shipp’s layup at 17:17.
Indiana finally showed signs of life by closing the gap to 34-24 on White’s
jumper at 10:40. Then, after the Bruins missed three consecutive shots at the
other end, Armon Bassett’s trey cut the Hoosier deficit to seven and UCLA
called a timeout in an attempt to re-group.
The strategy appeared to work, as the Bruins went back on top 46-33, but
Indiana exploded for a 10-0 run to close within three, 46-43, on Stemler’s
trey at 2:38. Collison made a free throw for the Bruins, but Roderick Wilmont
answered with a jumper for the Hoosiers to make it a two-point contest.
Afflalo went back to the line and made both shots with just 1:23 to play, but
Stemler went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe and Calloway’s shot off the glass
tied it at 49-49 with 1:01 to play.
That was as close as the Hoosiers would get, as Collison came up with a huge
steal and UCLA made 5-of-6 free throws to close out the scoring.
The Hoosiers and Bruins both suffered through an absolutely dismal first half,
in which the sides combined to make just 12 shots from the field.
UCLA opened a 6-0 lead on Afflalo’s dunk, but then missed its next seven
shots. The Hoosiers, meanwhile, didn’t fare much better at the other end. They
eventually held a 7-6 edge on Calloway’s layup at 13:13, but missed five shots
before taking the lead.
The Bruins held a 13-9 advantage with 7:49 remaining in the half, but White
quickly made a short jumper for Indiana to cut its deficit to two.
Neither side managed to drain another field goal until there was a tick shy
of two minutes left in the half, although Collison did add a pair of free
throws for the Bruins, who led 17-11 at 1:59.
UCLA carried a 20-13 lead to the break after shooting 27 percent (7-for-26)
from the floor and 17 percent (1-for-6) from three-point range.
Indiana fared even worse, making just 18 percent (5-for-28) of its shots in
the first half. They went 0-for-8 from beyond the arc and just 3-for-7 from
the charity stripe.
The Bruins have made it to the round of 16 for the fifth time in eight
years…The all-time series between the teams is tied at 6-6, including a 2-2
mark in the NCAA Tournament…The last time the two teams met, IU claimed a
106-79 victory to advance to the Final Four (March 28, 1992)…The Hoosiers
are now 60-29 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, including 11-6 in the second