UCLA outlasts Pitt to reach Elite 8
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) – Arron Afflalo poured in 17 points and pulled
down seven rebounds as UCLA cruised past Pittsburgh, 64-55, to advance to the
Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Despite shooting 3-of-11 from the field, Afflalo converted all 10 of his free
throws and the Bruins shot 23-of-26 from the charity stripe.
Josh Shipp had 16 points and five boards for the second-seeded Bruins (29-5),
who have won three in a row and move on to play Kansas in the West Regional
final on Saturday. Darren Collison added 12 points in the victory.
UCLA finished 43 percent shooting from the field.
Ronald Ramon scored 12 points for the third-seeded Panthers (29-8), who were
coming off an 84-79 extra session win over Virginia Commonwealth. Levance
Fields chipped in 11 points, while Aaron Gray donated 10 points and grabbed
six rebounds in defeat.
UCLA, which led the entire game, used a 7-1 spurt — ended with a pair of free
throws by Collison — to take its biggest lead at 27-19 with 3:23 left in the
Afflalo drilled a three-pointer two minutes later, but Sam Young hit a jumper
to cut Pittsburgh’s deficit to 32-26 at the break.
It was much of the same in the second half with the Bruins leading by as many
as 12. The Panthers, though, cut within five, 56-51, on two treys by Fields
and another by Ramon with 1:22 to play.
Michael Roll then buried a jumper as UCLA scored eight of the final 12 points
in the contest.
Pittsburgh shot 36 percent from the floor.
UCLA outrebounded Pittsburgh, 27-19…The Panthers shot 44 percent from three-
point range, while the Bruins converted 38 percent from beyond the arc…UCLA
now has 93 NCAA Tournament wins, which is second all-time behind Kentucky
(100)…The Bruins hold a 6-1 advantage in the all-time series.