Bruin Second Half Rally Falls Short, Lose 63-61
By KS Wong
Bruin Basketball Report
With eight seconds remaining, Texas' D.J Augustine's jump shot was an airball but teammate Damion James was there to slam home the game winner as No.8 Texas upset No.1 UCLA, 63-61, before 12,048 at Pauley Pavilion.
Damion James finished the game with a double-double scoring 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, and seemed to hit key shots in the second-half when the Longhorns needed a basket. Augustin added 19 points and 4 assists.
"I stumbled, but I knew Damion was down there," Augustin said. "I threw it up for him to rebound and put it up or finish it with a dunk and that's what he did."
UCLA fall to 7-1 and had their 25-game home winning streak snapped.
As expected, the Longhorns packed it tight inside with a zone defense, but the Bruins struggled scoring against it for most of the first-half. They went scoreless for seven minutes midway through and finished the half behind with a big deficit, 37-25.
The Bruins shot only 38% from the field in the half (10-26) and were outrebounded 19-13. In the meantime, the Longhorns shot 53% in the first half.
In the second stanza, UCLA's defense tightened and the offense finally started scoring consistently against the 2-3 Texas zone by flashing players to the high post and attacking the zone from there. The Bruins went on a 16-3 run and took its first lead in the game 41-40 when Josh Shipp hit on a three-pointer with just over twelve minutes remaining in the game
The the two teams traded baskets for most of the rest of the half until Lorenzo Mata-Real lay-up with 1:25 left in the game put the Bruins up 61-58.
But then Texas's forward/center Connor Atchley hit a long three-pointer straightaway to tie the game with 1:04 left.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was fouled with 0:29 seconds remaining but missed the front end of a one-and-one to set up the game winning slam by Jones.
"That's on me," Mbah a Moute said. "I haven't been to the line a lot. I've been making them in practice."
The Bruins had one more chance to win the game on its last possession but Mbah a Moute's three-point shot bounced long off the rim.
Mbah a Moute was the team's leading scorer with 14 points. He also grabbed 7 rebounds.
Four Bruins scored in double-figures. Darren Collison, in just his second game back from a knee injury, scored 12 points while Josh Shipp added 11.
Freshman Kevin Love struggled again getting touches against an aggressive zone defense. He finished with 11 points on just 4-6 shooting. Love, who averaged 10.6 rebounds coming into the contest, had just 5 rebounds.
"I need to seek the ball out more," he said. "I only played 24 minutes, but five rebounds on my part is unacceptable. I should at least have 10 rebounds every game."
In addition, Texas did a good job of neutralizing Love at the start of the game by isolating him on the perimeter with his opposite number, 6'10, 225lb Connor Atchley, who easily took Love off the dribble on a couple of drives to the basket. Atchley also beat Love down the court for easy transition baskets at the start of the game.
For the first time this season, UCLA was outrebounded by an opponent with Texas edging the Bruins on the board, 27-26.
In the game, the Bruins shot 44.2% from the field but just 28.6% (8-21) from three-point distance.
Michael Roll made his season debut for UCLA after rupturing the plantar fascia in his left foot during preseason practice. He played five minutes in the first half.
UCLA does not play again until December 8 when they travel to the Honda Center to face Davidson in the annual John R. Wooden Classic.
(photo credit: AP)
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