UCLA 54, Indiana 49


Saturday, March 17th 2007, 10:05 pm
By: News On 6


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Indiana's game plan hearkened back to the days of Four Corners offenses and set shots, and it nearly worked -- until UCLA punched a hole in its peach basket and squeaked into the next round of the NCAA tournament.

Darren Collison scored 15 points, hit 2 late free throws and made the game-deciding steal as UCLA survived both the Hoosiers' stifling defense and their frantic tying rally for a 54-49 second-round victory Saturday night in the West Regional.

Arron Afflalo managed just 10 points for second-seeded UCLA (28-5), which led 20-13 after a 1st half dominated by defensive hustle -- and downright offensive ineptitude by both teams. Indiana tied it at 49 with a minute left after a 16-3 rally, but Afflalo and Collison finished it off with free throws.

The Bruins are headed to the round of 16 for the fifth time in eight years -- and the second straight campaign under coach Ben Howland, whose team lost the national championship game to Florida last season.

Awaiting Howland in the next round is a matchup with his old team, the Pitt Panthers.

D.J. White and Earl Calloway scored 12 points apiece for Indiana (21-11), which finished its encouraging first season under coach Kelvin Sampson with a tournament game that should have a place in the schools' rich history, which includes five championships. UCLA has 11 titles.