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Sport Bonnies flush UCLA from NCAA Tournament

17:41  14 march  2018
17:41  14 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Courtney Stockard returned from a hamstring injury and scored 26 points, and Jaylen Adams hit a jumper and three free throws in the final minute Tuesday night, rallying the Bonnies to a 65-58 victory over UCLA and their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1970.

Courtney Stockard returned from a hamstring injury and scored 26 points, and Jaylen Adams hit a jumper and three free throws in the final minute Tuesday night, rallying the Bonnies to a 65-58 victory over UCLA and their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1970.

St. Bonaventure's LaDarien Griffin (15) dunks as UCLA's Kris Wilkes (13) looks on during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Dayton, Ohio.© John Minchillo St. Bonaventure's LaDarien Griffin (15) dunks as UCLA's Kris Wilkes (13) looks on during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Dayton, Ohio.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- The basketball was still high in the air -- flung to start the celebration -- when the buzzer sounded and the Bonnies' long-awaited March celebration commenced. Players chest-bumped on court. Coach Mark Schmidt jumped and waved his arms.

BOX SCORE: ST. BONAVENTURE 65, UCLA 58

The crowd at the University of Dayton Arena -- a place where St. Bonaventure is usually booed -- got caught up in the moment, too. And why not? It had been 48 years since anyone saw something like this out of St. Bonaventure.

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DAYTON, OH – MARCH 13: Jaylen Hands #4 of the UCLA Bruins reacts after his teams loss to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in the First Four game in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio.

Schmidt was 6 years old the last time the Bonnies won an NCAA Tournament game in 1970 (more on that later). St. Bonaventure and UCLA have met just twice before, in 1974 and 1976, with the Bruins winning both.

Courtney Stockard returned from a hamstring injury and scored 26 points, and Jaylen Adams hit a jumper and three free throws in the final minute Tuesday night, rallying the Bonnies to a 65-58 victory over UCLA and their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1970.

At long last, it was time to party in March .

"It can't get better," Schmidt said.

They'll have more chances. The 11th-seeded Bonnies (26-7) will play sixth-seeded Florida (20-12) in Dallas on Thursday night in the East region. They did interviews, showered and headed for a flight to their next destination.

"Florida's got four or five days on us, so we'll be watching tape on the plane," Schmidt said. "We've got a 2 a.m. flight, but it couldn't be a better flight. Ever."

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.

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For the program with the most NCAA Tournament championships (11), 2018 marks the first-ever First Four appearance for UCLA . First Four: No. 11 St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs. No. 11 UCLA Bruins. Time: Approximately 9:10 p.m. ET (Tuesday).

UCLA Bruins center Thomas Welsh (40) throws a pass by St. Bonaventure Bonnies guard Idris Taqqee (1) in the first half during the First Four of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Dayton Arena on March 13, 2018.

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"I'm still not 100 percent," Stockard said, "but I'm feeling way better than when I did when I left the Richmond game. So I can't really let an opportunity like this pass."

UCLA (21-12) was surprised that it got relegated to 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 matched their season high with 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 three in the final 29 seconds as the game slipped away.

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Home » NCAA Basketball » NCAA Tournament First: UCLA … BONNIES IN RARE AIR: St. Bonaventure is in the tournament for the first time since 2012 and has matched the school record with 25 wins — the 1969-70 Final Four team also won as many.

Courtney Stockard returned from a hamstring injury and scored 26 points, and Jaylen Adams hit a jumper and three free throws in the final minute Tuesday night, rallying the Bonnies to a 65-58 victory over UCLA and their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1970.

"I felt like we matched them pretty well," Holiday said. "We just turned the ball over too much."

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.

BIG PICTURE

St. Bonaventure: The undersized Bonnies lack depth and were glad to get Stockard back from the hamstring injury. He's scored 21, 31, 22, 19 and 26 points in the last five games.

UCLA: Holiday was the Bruins' indispensable player on offense in the last six games, averaging 26 points while sitting out for only 43 seconds total. The Pac-12's leading scorer got the Bruins going early, hitting his first three shots as they pulled ahead 14-5. He missed his next eight shots as St. Bonaventure rallied.

A LOT OF Ws

St. Bonaventure's 26 wins surpass the 25 by the 1969-70 team that reached the Final Four.

BONNIE ARENA

UCLA was booed by the Dayton crowd when it took the court. St. Bonaventure -- like the Flyers, an Atlantic 10 team -- got a loud ovation. St. Bonaventure also played at UD Arena on Jan. 3 and lost to the Flyers 82-72. That time they were booed, of course.

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Filed Under: NCAA Tournament , St. Bonaventure, UCLA . 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.

The Bonnies look to continue the first Cinderella story of the 2018 NCAA Tournament . But the Bonnies beat UCLA , a power-conference program with more national championships than any other in college basketball.

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Holiday is the first UCLA guard to average at least 19 points in a season since Reggie Miller had 22.3 as a senior in 1986-87.

UP NEXT

St. Bonaventure will try to win two games in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1970, when it beat Davidson, N.C. State and Villanova before losing to Jacksonville. The Bonnies had lost three NCAA Tournament games -- in 1978, 2000 and 2012 -- since that last win in 1970.

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