While most of the country was watching Lebron return to Cleveland or the Eagles/Texans fight for a playoff spot, i was watching the game of the night between UCLA Bruins (3-3) & Kansas Jayhawks (7-0).
Kansas had a 63 game-winning home streak and were ranked #4 in the nation going into the game.
Expectations weren’t high, but the UCLA Bruins played decent enough to keep up with Kansas. It was a back and forth game the entire night. The Bruins had 19 turnovers compared to Kansas’ 15.
Tyler Honeycutt hit the game tying 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining in the game. He scored 33 points and had 9 rebounds. Honeycutt only missed 4 of his fifteen shots all night, keeping the Bruins in the game the whole time.
All-American Freshman, Joshua Smith, was making it hard for the Kansas big men. He had 17 points and 13 rebounds. This was his first career double-double. Hopefully more to come throughout the season.
The Bruins were down 75-69 with less than 2:10 left in the game. They came storming back to tie the game up at 76 with only 5 seconds left. As time was winding down, UCLA guard Malcolm Lee, bumped Mario Little with just 0.7 left on the clock. Little nailed the first free throw to seal the game and extend their home winning streak to 64. Sending the Bruins to their 3rd straight loss.
Can’t believe the referee would call a foul with that little time left. The way the Bruins were playing, I believe they could have won that game.
Box Score: Kansas 77 UCLA 76
Picture Credit: AP – Orlin Wagner