UCLA comes back for 51-49 win over Aggies

Texas A&M had a 29-26 halftime lead over No. 1 seed UCLA and led by as much as ten points in the second half before the Burins used a tenacious defense to come back and defeat a determined Aggies 51-49. Darren Collison and Kevin Love combined for 40 of UCLA's 53 points. Donald Sloan led the Aggies in scoring with 12 points.

Texas A&M had a 29-26 halftime lead over No. 1 seed UCLA and led by as much as ten points in the second half.

Urged on by 17,600 pro-UCLA fans that made it seem like a home game, the Bruins rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to defeat a determined Aggies 51-49.

Darren Collison and Kevin Love combined for 40 of UCLA's 53 points.

Bryan Davis and Donald Sloan each scored 8 points to lead the Aggies to a 29-26 halftime lead over No. 1 seed and No. 2 -ranked UCLA. DeAndre Jordan came off the bench to score 6 points. Darren Collison kept UCLA in the game in the first half, hitting 4-for-4 3-point attempts scoring 14 points.

The Aggies scored seven points in the the first ninety-three seconds of the second half to open up a ten-point lead, 36-26.

The Aggies still had an 8-point lead, 44-36, until the 8:40 mark in the second half.

UCLA went on a 9-1 run and Kevin Love hit a 2-point jumper to tie the game 45-45 with 3:01 left.

After Dominique Kirk missed a 3-point attempt, the Bruins came back down the court and Kevin Love hit a fall-way 12-foot jump shot to take the lead 47-45 with 1:37 left in the game.

The Aggies responded by Joseph Jones take it to the basket to tie the game 47-47 with 1:19 left in the game.

Darren Collison broke free and drove for a layup to give UCLA a 49-47 with 56 seconds left.

Donald Sloan made a difficult 2-point jumper to tie the game 49-49 with 43 seconds left.

After running the shot clock down, Darren Collison made a hard layup with 12 seconds left to give UCLA a 51-49 lead.

Donald Sloan attempted a driving 2-point jumper but it was controverstially batted away by Josh Shipp. Replays and still pictures showed that Ship got no ball and clearly fouled Sloan, which should have sent Sloan to the line with two free throw attempts to tie the score.

Kevin Love had 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 blocked shots for the Bruins. Darren Collison finished with 21 points.

Donald Sloan led the Aggies in scoring with 12 points while Josh Carter added 10.

The underdog Aggies gave prohibitive favorite UCLA all they could handle, and will no doubt wonder how they let this game slip away.

The Bruins (33-3) won their 12th in a row and will face Western Kentucky or San Diego next week in Phoenix.


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