UCLA Makes It To March Madness Sweet 16, USC Comes Up Short


UCLA is headed for the NCAA basketball tournament’s Sweet 16.

Crosstown rival USC missed it by four points.
The Bruins — powered by 19 points and nine assists by freshman
sensation Lonzo Ball — shook off a slow start to pull away from the University
of Cincinnati in the second half, en route to a 79-67 win tonight in the second
round of the tournament, commonly referred to as March Madness.

The victory in Sacramento over the determined sixth-seeded Bearcats, who
finished the season 30-6, sends third-seeded UCLA (31-4) to the NCAA’s South
Regional finals in Memphis, where they will play second-seeded Kentucky on

This is UCLA‘s third trip in four seasons to the Sweet 16 under head
coach Steve Alford.

USC — attempting to be the fourth team to make the Sweet 16 after
winning a play-in game in the 68-team tournament — took things to the wire in
a hard-fought 82-78 East Regional loss to third-seeded Baylor in Tulsa,

The 11th-seeded Trojans (26-10), who under head coach Andy Enfield set a
USC season record for wins, had rallied for victories in their first two post-
season games against Providence and SMU and almost did it again tonight against
Baylor (27-7).

USC was nursing a 67-65 lead with 4 minutes, 40 seconds left in the
game, until a rare four-point play by Baylor guard Manu Lecomte gave the Bears
a 69-67 lead they maintained to the end.

Lecomte, a Belgium native held in check for most of the contest, poured
in eight points in a 45-second span that helped fuel the Bears winning finish.

Trojan big man Chimezie Metu tossed in 28 points in a superb effort.

Bennie Boatwright tallied 16 for USC, attempting to make the Sweet 16 for the
first time in 10 seasons.

City News Service.
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