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Lonzo Ball and UCLA kick it into gear in second half to beat Cincinnati, 79-67

Lonzo Ball and UCLA kick it into gear in second half to beat Cincinnati, 79-67

UCLA was so unstoppable Sunday evening that the Bruins ran a give-and-go long after their most significant triumph of the season.

As power forward TJ Leaf sat in front of his locker stall, reflecting on how he had elevated his game following a horrid first half, he received kudos from Lonzo Ball two lockers over as his shirtless teammate reached for a towel.

“We appreciate you, bro,” Ball said.

Said Leaf: “Yeah, I appreciate that, ’Zo.”

Said Ball: “Next time, try to play two halves.”

The two freshmen could openly crack on one another after leading the third-seeded Bruins to an equally joyful 79-67 victory over sixth-seeded Cincinnati in an NCAA tournament...

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