No. 11 seed UCLA never pulled it together to keep Gonzaga away, giving the Bulldogs their second-ever entry into the NCAA Elite Eight. Gonzaga will take on whoever survives Friday night’s Duke-Utah contest. The Bruins are on their way home.
Another not-so-Sweet 16 for UCLA
UCLA advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year under Coach Steve Alford, and again it ended there.
This time, Gonzaga ended the Bruins' season, 74-62.
UCLA had no answer for Przemek Karnowski, the Bulldogs' 7-foot center, who scored a game-high 18 points and took over the game in the second half after UCLA cut Gonzaga's lead to a point.
Norman Powell, in his final game as a Bruin, had 16 points, as did Tony Parker.
The game was also the final performance of UCLA broadcaster Chris Roberts, the "Voice of the Bruins" for 23 seasons. He is retiring.
Well there's a silver lining
A nice run while it lasted
Only 30 minutes?
Got an open Sunday? How about Bruins baseball?
UCLA fans who had committed to a road trip this weekend may suddenly have their Sunday open.
Well, the Bruins' ninth-ranked baseball team is playing in Pullman, Wash., this weekend.
UCLA opened that series with a record of 18-5, 5-1 in Pac-12 Conference play.
Just trying to be helpful...
A nice gesture
Streak continued: a three-pointer finally falls
UCLA has extended its streak of games having made a three-pointer.
It's now 521.
UCLA was 0 for 8 on three-point shots against Gonzaga today until Bryce Alford made one with 2:25 left.
Then, less than a half-minute later, Isaac Hamilton made another.
And just now Alford made another.
That's three in a row for UCLA.
All too late.
Few and far between
Something to shoot for
Guess Sunday is open
And so the end is near ...
And so the end is near ...
No flow to blow
I'd say the pace of this game was being ruined -- as usual -- by all the timeouts.
Except there is no pace to this game.
Gonzaga leads, 57-45, with 5:27 to play.
Remember when, in its 2006 Sweet 16 game against Gonzaga, the Bruins scored the final 11 points of the game?
Today, that would still leave them a point shy of forcing overtime.
Why is ANYONE still taking an outside shot in this game?
Gonzaga, which leads, 57-43, is two for 17 from three-point range.
UCLA is 0 for 8.
Sure looking like it
Karnowski is the big difference for Gonzaga
As long as the money-grubbing NCAA puts basketball games in airport hangar-like football stadiums, there are going to be ugly games like today's South regional semifinal in Houston between UCLA and Gonzaga.
And the team with the stronger inside game is going to have a big advantage.
Today, that team in Gonzaga -- because of Przemek Karnowski.
The 7-footer from Poland is becoming more of a force as the game goes on.
His play sparked a 12-0 Gonzaga run after UCLA had trimmed a seven-point Bulldogs' halftime lead to a point.
Then Coach Mark Few gave him a rest -- and UCLA immediately scored, for the first time in more than five minutes.
Karnowski was then brought back in -- and immediately scored on a short hook shot.
Gonzaga has its biggest lead of the game, 51-37, with 11 minutes left to play.
That kind of day
Make that 12-0
Getting out of hand
Gonzaga answers UCLA run with a bigger one
UCLA started the second half with a six-point run.
Gonzaga has answered with an eight-point run.
The Bulldogs still can't hit a shot outside of about 12 feet, but with 7-footer Przemek Karnowski dominating the inside, it doesn't matter.
He's grabbing offensive rebounds and scoring effectively.
Karnowski has a team-high 14 points, along with five rebounds.
Gonzaga leads, 43-34, five minutes into the second half.
Too much TO
Zags on the run
Dialing long distance: no answer
Here's some advice to any UCLA or Gonzaga thinking about taking an outside shot -- particularly from three-point range:
Don't do it!
UCLA is 0-for-5 from three-point range; Gonzaga is 2-for-14.
Bryce Alford, who made 12 of 16 three-point shots in UCLA's first two NCAA games, is 0 for 2.