Sunday, 11 March 2018 14:18

Bruins Lose In Semi, Waiting On Bid

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Welsh T UA030918It was the kind of game that you hate to see a team lose. Both teams played hard with great energy and played clean. To make things more dramatic, the game went into overtime. Unfortunately for UCLA (21-11), the Bruins went ice cold during the overtime period and didn’t make a shot, while Arizona (26-7) scored 11 points to take home the victory, 78-67.

“Tremendous effort,” Steve Alford, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach said. “I give Arizona’s defense a lot of credit in the second-half. In the second-half, Arizona stepped up with their pressure and what they do defensively, so I applaud them.

“You look at the game, one team had six turnovers [Arizona], the other [UCLA], had nine. We made 10 threes and they made seven.

“We just couldn’t get over the free-throw hump. One team was 3-4 [UCLA], the other [Arizona] is 13-18. We were in a 3-2 zone most of the night. It’s unfortunate, we just couldn’t find our way to the free-throw line. We played 25 minutes in the second-half and never made it to the bonus. We just have look at the tape and to correct that moving forward.

“I thought we fought the entire night, so I am pleased with the effort.”

UCLA didn’t have an answer for Arizona’s very special freshman, Deandre Ayton, who scored a game-high 32 points, added 14 rebounds, dished out three assists, two blocked shots and two steals.

Rawle Alkins contributed 15 points and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 11 points for the Wildcats, to round out the players who scored in double-figures for the Cats.

The Bruins had three players who scored in double-figures, led by senior Thomas Welsh who landed his 18th double-double of the season scoring a team-high 17 points and a game-high 17 boards.

The Wildcats prepared for Aaron Holiday as he was swarmed by Arizona players every time he drove to the rack. The defensive strategy worked as Holiday was limited to 15 points while shooting 5-20 from the floor.

True freshman, Kris Wilkes chipped in 12 points for the Bruins.

Now the Bruins must patiently wait to see if they get an invite to March Madness, many think they will. It’s just a matter of what region and what seed. The answer will be known Sunday, March 11, 2018.

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