Holy smokes, that was close. If you've got a 23-point lead in the second half, you should be able to close that out. But Tom Izzo's team kept fouling, and UCLA kept clanking free throws at the line...this was down to a one-point game in the final minute. Sheesh.
But at least this SoCal team advances...along with San Diego State, which won its first-ever NCAA Tournament game tonight, beating Northern Colorado 68-50. Well done, guys!
photo: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times (March 17, 2011)