Bon­nies stun UCLA for first NCAA Tour­ney win in 48 years

Tulsa World - - Sports -

DAY­TON, Ohio — Court­ney Stockard re­turned from a ham­string in­jury and scored 26 points, and Jaylen Adams made a jumper and three free throws in the fi­nal minute Tues­day night, ral­ly­ing St. Bon­aven­ture to a 65-58 vic­tory over UCLA and its first NCAA Tour­na­ment vic­tory in 48 years.

The 11th-seeded Bon­nies (26-7) will play sixth­seeded Florida (20-12) in Dal­las on Thurs­day night in the East re­gion.

St. Bon­aven­ture set a school record with its 26th win. Stockard got the Bon­nies in po­si­tion for the drought-bust­ing tour­na­ment vic­tory by lead­ing a late 12-0 run. Adams — who missed 14 of his first 15 shots — closed it out in the fi­nal 49 sec­onds.

UCLA (21-12) bris­tled at hav­ing to play in the First Four for the first time in its his­tory — the Bru­ins have been to 18 Fi­nal Fours. They had trou­ble mak­ing shots against the Bon­nies' zone de­fense and had 20 turnovers, a dis­ap­point­ing end­ing to a sea­son that started with an in­ter­na­tional in­ci­dent.

Fresh­men Jalen Hill, Cody Ri­ley and LiAn­gelo Ball were ac­cused of shoplift­ing dur­ing a trip to China in Novem­ber. All three were sus­pended for the sea­son, and Ball left the school.

UCLA's Aaron Hol­i­day led the Pac-12 in scor­ing but couldn't put his touch on the First Four game. He scored 20 points but had 10 turnovers, in­clud­ing two piv­otal ones in the fi­nal minute when he fouled out.

Adams is the Bon­nies' all-time lead­ing scorer as a guard but had a rough time as well un­til the fi­nal minute. He fin­ished with eight points on 2-of-16 shoot­ing.


St. Bon­aven­ture's Idris Taqqee (left) pulls down a re­bound in front of UCLA's Gy­orgy Golo­man dur­ing the first half of the Bon­nies' win in a First Four game Tues­day.

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