For UCLA, it's a steal

Bruins earn another shot at Memphis in thrilling finish

UCLA 73 Gonzaga 71

Ncaa Tournament

March 24, 2006

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jordan Farmar and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute provided a shocking ending to Adam Morrison's amazing season.

After Farmar stole the ball from J.P. Batista with about 14 seconds left, he quickly passed to Mbah a Moute, who scored from underneath with 10 seconds remaining to knock out Morrison and third-seeded Gonzaga, 73-71, last night to advance to the regional final.

Morrison, Gonzaga's shaggy-haired star, made two free throws with 3:26 to go, giving him 24 for the night and the Bulldogs (29-4) a 71-62 lead. But the Bruins (30-6) didn't wilt.

Mbah a Moute scored six of the final 11 points and got a key steal in the final seconds to seal the win and send UCLA to its first regional final since 1997.

The Bruins will play tomorrow against Memphis (33-3), which beat Bradley, 80-64, in the first semifinal of the Oakland Regional. The Tigers beat the Bruins, 88-80, in November.

After Mbah a Moute stole the ball from Derek Raivio with 2.6 seconds left, Morrison put his hands on his head and leaned over, fighting tears in what was probably his final game in a Zags uniform. He is expected to turn pro.

Batista missed a desperation 15-footer at the buzzer and fell into the Zags' bench, where coach Mark Few helped him up.

When the buzzer sounded, UCLA senior Cedric Bozeman ran around the court with the ball in his hands, with Ryan Hollins right with him.

Hollins and Arron Afflalo went to help up Morrison, who was spread on the floor at midcourt. Few then came to hug the crying Morrison.

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