March Madness: UCLA beats Alabama in OT, advances to Elite 8 – Los Angeles Times
The runaway finish was set up by some crazy momentum swings, a wild back-and-forth battle that none of the breathless fans wanted to end.
UCLA has this game! No, wait, Alabama isn’t going away!
In a lopsided overtime, there was no doubt. It was all Bruins.
UCLA scored the first seven points of the extra period Sunday night inside Hinkle Fieldhouse, the 11th-seeded Bruins pulling away for an 88-78 victory over second-seeded Alabama in an NCAA tournament East Region semifinal.
When it was over, the Bruins on the way to their first regional final since 2008, point guard Tyger Campbell thrust a finger into the air, shooting guard David Singleton triumphantly flipped away the basketball before leading his teammates in another celebratory dance and coach Mick Cronin pounded his chest with a clenched fist and pointed at his father, Hep, seated high in the stands.
Singleton had opened the scoring in overtime with a three-pointer and Campbell followed with a steal and a layup after pump-faking his defender into the air past him.
Soon there was a spirited “U-C-L-A!” chant breaking out high in the rafters of the old barn and UCLA was on its way to its deepest run in this tournament since the end of its three consecutive runs of Final Fours in 2008.
The Bruins (21-9) will need more magic against top-seeded Michigan on Tuesday at 6:57 p.m. PDT on Tuesday after dispatching the Crimson Tide (26-7) with tough defense and smart playmaking. The Bruins struggled through some extended cold shooting stretches in the second half.
The finish was all preceded by a crazy end to regulation.
One moment, Singleton is headed to the free-throw line to give his team a three-point lead and Hep Cronin is shown pumping his fist on the video scoreboard.
The next, Alabama’s Alex Reese sinks a three-pointer over the outstretched arm of Cody Riley with four-tenths of a second left, prompting his teammates to swarm him.
Highlights from UCLA’s overtime win over Alabama in the NCAA tournament on Sunday.
It looked like the Bruins might be headed to victory in regulation after Campbell drove toward the basket and leaped into the air, passing the ball to Riley for a layup that gave UCLA a one-point lead with 15 seconds left.
There was more elation after the Crimson Tide’s Herbert Jones Jr. missed two free throws with 6.8 seconds left. UCLA’s Jaime Jaquez Jr. snagged the rebound and passed to Singleton, who was fouled with 4.2 seconds to go.
Alabama had gone ahead, 62-61, with 36 seconds left after Jaquez stepped in front of Herbert Jones and was called for a block. Jones missed the first free throw but made the second to give his team the one-point lead.
Riley had given the Bruins a 60-58 lead with less than four minutes left on a putback, and he had a chance to extend the advantage when he rose for a jump hook that bounced out of the rim.
But Alabama countered with John Petty’s jump hook and went ahead, 61-60, when Jones made one of two free throws. Campbell had a chance to put the Bruins back ahead when he was fouled, but the front end of his one-and-one opportunity rolled around the rim before falling off.
The Bruins forced a turnover to get the ball back, still down by a point with 1:54 left, but Jaquez missed a tough turnaround jumper on the baseline. Riley got his team another possession when he blocked Juwan Gary’s layup and grabbed the ball, allowing Cronin to call a timeout with exactly one minute left to set up a play.
His team didn’t let him down.
Jaquez and Jules Bernard finished with 17 points each to lead the Bruins, who prevailed despite shooting only 27.3% in the second half and making just one of 12 three-pointers.
UCLA 88, Alabama 78 (final)
Alabama foul on the inbound pass. Tyger Campbell makes both free throws, UCLA up by nine. Jahvon Quinerly missed, Alabama forced to keep fouling. Jules Bernard made both free throws with 30 seconds remaining to effectively put the game away.
UCLA 79, Alabama 72 (38 seconds left in overtime)
David Singleton made a three-pointer, 68-65 UCLA at 4:42. Tyger Campbell grabbed a steal and took it all the way for a layup, 70-65 UCLA at 4:09. Alabama’s Alex Reese missed a free throw. Cody Riley missed a jumper for UCLA. Two missed jump shots for Alabama. Singleton hit a jump shot and drew the foul at 2:52. He missed the free throw. Jahvon Quinerly hit a three-pointer. Jaime Jaquez Jr. got a jumper, 74-68. Jones got a layup, then a block on the other end, 74-70 UCLA at 1:45. Jaquez hit a three pointer, 77-70. Quinerly misses from long with 1:20 remaining. Jaquez missed a jumper. Keon Ellis missed a jumper. Foul on Alabama, down by seven with 41 seconds remaining. UCLA made both free throws, Quinerly answers with a layup. Timeout Alabama.
UCLA 65, Alabama 65 (end of regulation)
Alex Reese made a wide open three-point shot just before the buzzer.
UCLA 65, Alabama 62 (0:04 remaining in second half)
Herbert Jones drove to the basket, lost his footing but is fouled with 6.8 remaining. He missed the first free throw. And missed the second one. UCLA’s David Singleton is fouled with 4.2 seconds remaining. He made both free throws for a three-point UCLA lead.
UCLA 63, Alabama 62 (0:15 left in second half)
Tyger Cambell drove inside, dished to Cody Riley for the layup and a 63-62 UCLA lead with 15 seconds remaining. Alabama timeout.
Alabama 62, UCLA 61 (0:29 left in second half)
Jaime Jaquez Jr. draws a foul on Juwan Gary (fouled out) with 46.5 seconds left. Jaquez made the first free throw to tie the game 61-61 and missed the second. Herbert Jones drives quickly to the hoop and is fouled by Jaquez with 36.8 remaining. Jones missed the first free throw and made the second for a one-point Tide lead. UCLA called its final timeout.
Alabama 61, UCLA 60 (1:00 left in second half)
Jaime Jaquez Jr. missed a jump shot for UCLA at 1:23. Cody Riley blocked a shot and got the steal for UCLA possession with one minute remaining.
Alabama 61, UCLA 60 (1:54 left in second half)
Herbert Jones made one of two free throws for a one-point Tide lead. Tyger Campbell missed a free throw at 2:08. Timeout to determine possession — the ball hit UCLA’s Jaime Jaquez Jr. but may have touched John Petty Jr.’s shorts on the way out. UCLA ball.
UCLA 60, Alabama 60 (2:27 remaining in second half)
Johnny Juzang is on the bench after picking up his fourth foul. Jahvon Quinerly made one of two free throws, but UCLA reclaimed the lead on a Tyger Campbell jumper. Keon Ellis missed a free throw, but teammate Juan Gary got the rebound and layup for a 54-53 Alabama lead. Tyger Campbell misses a long shot for UCLA. Tide’s Ellis shot an airball. Campbell tied the game, making one of two free throws. Alabama’s John Petty Jr. made two free throws for a 56-54 lead with 5:37 remaining. Cody Riley gets a jam on an inbound pass from Campbell, but Alabama’s Jaden Shackleford answers with a layup. Riley tied the game with a layup. Petty missed a long shot with 4 minutes remaining. Bernard missed a three, but Riley got the putback, 60-58 UCLA.
Quinerly missed from long, but Riley also missed at the other end. Petty tied the game with a layup at 2:46. Juzang missed a layup, then picked up his fifth foul while fighting for the rebound.
UCLA 51, Alabama 51 (7:07 left in second half)
Jaime Jaquez Jr. made a free throw out of the timeout. Alabama now has gone cold from long. Jahvon Quinerly breaks a scoring drought for both teams with a layup at 9:47. John Petty Jr. made a three-pointer for Alabama and Juwan Gary got a layup to tie the game at 49-49. Keon Ellis drives for a layup to give the Tide a 51-49 lead. Jaquez drives for a layup to tie the game again with 7:21 remaining.
UCLA 47, Alabama 42 (11:10 left in second half)
John Petty Jr. got the jam to tie the game. UCLA shooting has gone absolutely cold as Alabama went on an 11-0 run. Johnny Juzang hit a layup for UCLA’s first points of the half at 14:08. Tyger Campbell got a fast break basket on a goaltending call for a 44-40 Bruins lead. Jahvon Quinerly set up a Joshua Primo layup with a behind-the-back pass.
UCLA’s Jaime Jaquez Jr. hit a three-pointer.
UCLA has weathered Alabama’s huge run and now Jaime Jaquez Jr. is mad. Might be just what Bruins need.
Alabama’s John Petty Jr. makes two free throws for the first points of the second half. UCLA has missed four three-point shots in first three possessions of the half. Jaden Shackleford gets a layup to pull the Tide to within 40-33. UCLA’s Johnny Juzang got his third foul before Petty made a three-pointer to close the gap to 40-36.
UCLA tried to go to the Jules Bernard well again to start second half and he missed a couple of shots, Bruins are now 0-6 in this half and Alabama is on a 7-0 run to pull within 40-36.
UCLA’s David Singleton hit a three following a pair of missed free throws by Alabama’s Juwan George. UCLA made four of its last six three-point attempts. Jules Bernard got a three-pointer and is fouled by Jahvon Quinerly. Bernard completed the four-point play for a 15-2 UCLA run. Quinerly hit a layup on the other end. Bernard drains another three-pointer.
Bernard scored seven of his 13 points during a 40-second stretch late in the half. Johnny Juzang has 11 points for the Bruins, who ended the half on a 20-6 run. Juzang, Tyger Campbell and Cody Riley have two fouls each.
Alabama has six points from Keon Ellis. He and SEC player of the year Herbert Jones spent significant time on the bench with two fouls each.
UCLA 30, Alabama 27 (3:33 left in first half)
Juwan Gary got a steal on the UCLA end and the jam on the other end, 25-22 Tide. David Singleton hit a three-pointer to tie the game for the Bruins. Jaime Jaquez gets a bank shot for a 27-25 UCLA lead. Jules Bernard hit a three for a 30-25 lead. John Petty Jr. gets a layup for Alabama.
At one point it looked like UCLA was going to be happy to be within 5 by halftime. Now Bruins have a shot at the lead if they can stay composed on offense. Jaylen Clark really making things difficult for Tide and ripping away rebounds.
Johnny Juzang hit a pair of free throws off the timeout, then after a UCLA steal gets a layup. Tyger Campbell gets a steal on Alabama’s end, then takes it all the way to pull the Bruins to within 19-17 at 9:10. Jones returns to the floor for the first time after picking up his second foul less than a minute into the game. Jahvon Quinerly hits a layup. Campbell goes to the bench after two fouls in less than a minute. Juzang hit a three, 21-20 Tide, but Juwan Gary answers with a layup. Jaime Jaquez Jr. gets a layup for the Bruins to pull to within 23-22.
Alabama 19, UCLA 11 (10:34 left in first half)
Johnny Juzang drained a jumper off the timeout but Jahvon Quinerly answered with a quick layup.
UCLA doesn’t have anyone who can stay in front of Jahvon Quinerly at the moment.
Joshua Primo drove to the rim to give Alabama a 9-7 lead. Jahvon Quinerly hit a three-pointer for a 12-7 lead. Primo is fouled by Cody Riley going to the rim and made both free throws for a 14-7 Alabama lead. Jahvon Quinerly made one of two free throws to give Alabama a 15-7 lead. Johnny Juzang drives to the basket to end a 14-0 Alabama run. It was the Bruins’ first made shot in their last 10 attempts. Keon Ellis hit a layup on the other end.
UCLA 7, Alabama 7 (15:12 left in first half)
Alabama’s Herbert Jones is on the bench after picking up his second foul just 41 seconds into the game. UCLA’s Cody Riley made a layup for the first points of the game at the 18:29 mark. Alabama’s Keon Ellis made a free throw for Alabama, but Tyger Campbell answered with a layup and Jules Bernard hit a three for a 7-1 UCLA lead. Jordan Bruner and Ellis hit back-to-back threes to tie it up.
Mick Cronin didn’t want Alabama to get back-to-back three-pointers and the Crimson Tide just did it to tie the score at 7-7. But Tyger Campbell just drew a third charge to get the ball back.