UCLA’s Bryce Alford Ends Both Halves With Threes To Beat Arizona
With alum Russell Westbrook looking on from court-side, UCLA was trying to save its season with a big game against #7 Arizona. At the end of the first half, coach's son Bryce Alford took the pass and hit a 25-footer to put the Bruins up 43-36. And for a while, it looked like UCLA would run away with things, especially when they were up 10 in the final 2 minutes. But the Wildcats went on a 10-0 run, thanks in part to what Bill Walton called, "One of the top five worst possessions in Bruins history" when Alford milked the clock and took an ill-advised three-pointer.
But with the score tied at 84 and the clock running down, Alford redeemed himself with this shot:
That's a game-winning 24-footer with 1.8 seconds left. I think Westbrook summed it best when he said this:
That's a huge win for UCLA and a lot of perimeter defense drills Friday for Arizona. However, UCLA needed every single one of its season-high 11 three-pointers, and its D tore like tissue paper late in the game. While it's nice to have a sniper like Alford steal a victory or two, this game has all the makings of being the high point for the Bruins' season.
David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated and is one for SportsGrid.