MEMORY LANE: UCLA vs. Gonzaga within the 2006 Candy 16
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That’s how Gus Johnson described the final 40 seconds of UCLA’s miraculous come-from-behind win in opposition to Gonzaga within the Candy 16 in 2006. The Bruins, heading into the event because the No. 2 seed, confronted the No. 3-seeded Zags with one of many nation’s top-scorers in Adam Morrison (28.1 ppg).
It was one in all faculty basketball’s greatest scorers in opposition to one in all faculty basketball’s most historic applications. UCLA trailed by 17 factors heading into halftime and shot a dismal 7-of-27 from the sphere. The Bruins rallied and would ultimately reduce the Zags’ result in 9 with simply over three minutes left within the sport. With beneath a minute left, trailing 61-58, Ryan Hollins sank two free throws to chop the result in one.
On the following inbounds, UCLA trapped Morrison within the nook, forcing him to make the move to middle J.P. Batista with one other double coming at him. Jordan Farmar stripped Batista, passing it to then-freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute for the layup to place UCLA up 72-71—its first lead of the sport—with 9.1 seconds to go.
“UCLA has climbed the mountain,” an exuberant Johnson stated.
Moments after an important bucket of his basketball profession, Mbah a Moute, who scored six of the Bruins’ final 11 factors, made a diving, game-sealing steal on Gonzaga’s Derek Raivio. Shortly after, the cameras targeted on Morrison, who buried his face in his jersey in whole disbelief after realizing his collegiate profession was coming to an finish.
Aaron Afflalo would cut up a pair of free throws, giving Gonzaga an opportunity to ship it to OT, however Batista’s 15-footer was nowhere close to the rim because the Bruins bench rushed the courtroom to have fun the 73-71 win and their first regional ultimate since 1997. Morrison, who completed with a game-high 24 factors, was unfold out close to mid-court in tears.
Heartbreak metropolis certainly.
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