Jace Evans, USA TODAY
Printed 10: 08 p.m. ET March 28, 2021
UCLA’s improbable men’s NCAA tournament run will continue after the No. 11 seed Bruins upset No. 2 seed Alabama 88-78 in overtime Sunday in Candy 16 play.
Cody Riley’s layup with 14 seconds to head after a truly perfect feed by Tyger Campbell keep the Bruins up 63-62 in regulation. Alabama neatly-known individual Herbert Jones, who was as soon as named the Southeastern Convention participant of the 12 months, had a probability to present the Crimson Tide the lead when he was as soon as fouled with six seconds to head, however he missed both free throws.
UCLA’s David Singleton made both of his free throws after a irascible, however Alabama was as soon as ready to pressure overtime when Alex Reese scored his first points of the game, drilling a deep 3-pointer as time expired.
Despite the shocking conclude to regulation, UCLA would no longer be denied in overtime. Singleton and Jaime Jaquez Jr. did the heavy lifting in OT, finishing with 12 of the Bruins’ 23 overtime points.
Every UCLA starter scored in double figures, led by Jaquez and Jules Bernard with 17 each and each. Singleton had 15 off the bench.
The Bruins, who started their run with a victory over Michigan Remark in the First Four, are into the Elite Eight for the first time since 2008.
There will likely be three Pac-12 teams in the regional finals, with UCLA joining No. 12 Oregon Remark, which won the convention tournament before becoming true the second 12-seed to attain the Elite Eight, and the winner of Sunday night’s game between Oregon and USC.
Alabama, the SEC neatly-liked-season and convention tournament champion, was as soon as seeking its first Elite Eight look since 2004.
UCLA started off hot on Sunday, jumping out to a 7-1 lead, however Alabama was things up expeditiously. The Crimson Tide went on a 14-0 run during which the Bruins missed nine straight pictures.
But UCLA started to determine in again and started hitting pictures, in particular from deep. The Bruins tied the game at 25 with 6: 01 to head in the first half of on a 3-pointer by Singleton and the crew hit four extra triples – including a four-point play by Bernard – before halftime.
That helped the Bruins select a 40-29 lead into halftime. In the first half of, UCLA went 7-for-15 from 3-point vary.
Jones, who moreover picked up the SEC defensive participant of the 12 months award, noticed diminutive minutes in the first half of resulting from two immediate fouls.
The Crimson Tide roared out of the gate after the ruin, though, expeditiously erasing their 11-point deficit by going on an 11-0 run to tie the game at 40.
UCLA would soar serve in entrance however Alabama answered with one other run, this time 9-0, to come to a decision out its first lead since the first half of at 51-49. The remaining of the game was as soon as serve-and-forth and noticed UCLA leading scorer Johnny Juzang irascible out with under three minutes to head.