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Men's basketball ends NCAA run, falling to St. Bonaventure 65-58

Men's basketball ends NCAA run, falling to St. Bonaventure 65-58 Men's basketball ends NCAA run, falling to St. Bonaventure 65-58
Kristopher Love | 14 March, 2018, 06:47

UCLA makes its fifth trip to NCAA Tournament in six years and looks to win at least two games for the fourth straight time when it begins play against risky St. Bonaventure on Tuesday in the First Four at Dayton, Ohio - in a battle of 11th seeds to open the East Region. The Bonnies aren't the most gifted team on the interior and Welsh should lead the Bruins to a win here. "I thought we were soundly in, how we finished, winning at 'SC".

Radford (23-12) didn't play its prettiest game in a battle of teams seeded 16th, but the team from rural southwest Virginia will celebrate briefly before heading to Pittsburgh to play No. 1 seed Villanova on Thursday. Both are looking for their first NCAA Tournament victories.

It will be UCLA's first appearance in a play-in game. In 2011, VCU went from the First Four to the Final Four. Likely playing in his final college game, the junior guard scored a team-high 20 points, but turned the ball over 11 times and made multiple miscues in the game's most crucial moments.

The victor of this encounter will take on No. 6 seed Florida in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday. LIU Brooklyn (18-16) opens against Radford (22-12) in a matchup of No. 16 seeds that have never won an NCAA Tournament game.

The Bruins lost three of their last five games, but gave red-hot Arizona all it could handle before losing in overtime at the Pac-12 semifinals. Freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were suspended for the season for shoplifting during a trip to China in November. "And now we're in the NCAA Tournament, and that's a very good accomplishment". The Bonnies fell in the second round to Florida State in 2012, their last tournament appearance.

Their 25 victories tied the school record with its 1970 Final Four team, led by Hall of Fame center Bob Lanier. The Bruins have been in bigger games, and have the best player on the court.

St. Bonaventure played in the seventh NCAA Tournament in school history.

"I think our resume speaks for itself", said point guard Jaylen Adams, who averages 19.8 points per game.

A jumper by redshirt sophomore forward Alex Olesinski grew the lead to 5 - but St. Bonaventure didn't stay quiet. It is located 75 miles south of Buffalo near Olean, New York, nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.