UCLA staves off Northwestern's comeback to earn trip to Sweet 16
Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored 24 points, and UCLA withstood a second-half push from Northwestern to get back to the Sweet 16 with a 68-63 victory on Saturday night.
The second-seeded Bruins (31-5) turned up the defensive intensity late, holding the seventh-seeded Wildcats to 1-for-12 shooting during a key late-game stretch to seal the win.
The win was marred when David Singleton went down in extreme pain with a right leg injury with 20.3 seconds remaining.
He stayed down on the court for a few minutes before getting helped off by teammates and going straight to the locker room.
UCLA made it to a third straight Sweet 16 for the first time in 15 years.
The Bruins will play the winner of Sunday’s game between Gonzaga and TCU in the West Region semifinals in Las Vegas on Thursday night.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMAmari Bailey added 14 points, and Tyger Campbell scored 12 for UCLA.
Boo Buie scored 18 points to lead Northwestern (22-12), Matthew Nicholson added 17 and Chase Audige scored all 16 of his points in the second half.
The Wildcats ended their second trip to the tournament in the same fashion as the first six years ago, losing in the second round.
The key moment came in the final two minutes when Adem Bona blocked a drive by Audige, sending UCLA out in transition.
UCLA controlled the game early, contesting nearly every shot and neutralizing Northwestern's high-scoring backcourt of Buie and Audige.
Audige got going in the second half with 14 points in the first eight minutes after being held scoreless before the break.