Number 2 UCLA rallied late to win in OT against the (4) Villanova 86-77. Coming into Friday’s matchup, these two great basketball programs put on a great show. UCLA outscored Villanova in OT 19-10 including significant free throw scoring by UCLA, which was 12 points out of their 19 OT points.
Early on, UCLA was able to get a 9-point lead halfway through the first half with the help of two David Singleton three-pointers. Villanova would climb back in the game by having a 20-13 run to finish the first half, only down by two. Collin Gillespie scored 10 out of those 20 points for Villanova during that run to end the half.
The game went back-and-forth after halftime until the Wildcats stars Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore helped Villanova help build their own 10 point lead halfway through the 2nd half. UCLA’s Tyger Campbell responded quickly with this own two three-pointers to cut the lead to four, then Jules Bernard and Johnny Juzang got more involved to get a tied game going into OT.
To start OT, UCLA came out fast with a small 5-0 run, and Villanova never came back within 4 points. The key late in OT for UCLA was free throwing, and they went perfect in OT, going 12-12. Johnny Juzang finished with 25 points, and Collin Gillespie finished with 18 points but only three assists.
What Did We Learn About Both Teams?
UCLA: UCLA is a contender to win the NCAA tournament. The real question is if they play great on the road and against the No. 1 team in the country of Gonzaga.
Villanova: Collin Gillespie is back and can lead this team back to at least an Elite Eight. Villanova gave up in a way after having the 10-point lead. They will have lots of opportunities to back bounce.
Tough Matchups Ahead
UCLA will take on the No. 1 in the country of Gonzaga in less than two weeks in Las Vegas. Towards the end of OT, many fans and students from UCLA were chanting “We Want Gonzaga.”
Villanova will play No. 18 Tennessee; the next game in the Hall of Fame Classic would be either No. 7 Purdue or No. 19 North Carolina. In early December, Villanova will go on the road and play at No. 8 Baylor.
UCLA (2-0): Hosts Long Beach State on Monday.
Villanova (1-1): Travels back home to welcome in Howard on Tuesday.
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