Both UCLA and Indiana played poorly in the first round and lost badly. But then they played well in round 2, with both teams being in the game until the last few minutes. Each team lost by 8 points in round 2.
UCLA’s inability to control the ball led to 7 turnovers in the first 5 minutes of play allowing Indiana to take an 11-6 lead. UCLA’s errant hands continued and led to 16 first half turnovers. Indiana wasn’t much better, turning the ball over 9 times. But the Hoosiers outshot the Bruins 57% to 42%, although UCLA hit 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. Indiana made just 1 of 8 from the free throw line. The half ended with Indiana up 35-28. Leading the Hoosiers offensively were PG Kadjo Branch with 9 points and C Christ Mitchell with 8 points. UCLA’s SF Ernest Blackmon was their top scorer with 7 points. C Dan Davis pulled down 8 rebounds for the Bruins.
Indiana extended their lead to 17 points early in the 2nd half as UCLA’s shooting went ice cold. But the Bruins made a run midway through the half and with 6:08 remaining trailed 58-53. With 1:31 to go, UCLA cut the lead to 67-63 and got the ball on an Indiana turnover. But UCLA’s poor shooting from the field kept them from making a final run. Indiana’s final margin of victory increased to 10 points, 76-66.
UCLA was +3 in rebounds but had 5 more turnovers than Indiana. Ultimately though, Indiana won the game by hitting 48% of their shots while UCLA could only manage to connect on 39% of theirs.
Indiana was led by PG Kwadjo Branch’s 24 points, C Chris Mitchells 15 points and 8 rebounds, and SF Neil Whitehead’s 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.
UCLA’s double digit scorers were PG Russ Eidson with 14, SG Ernest Blackmon with 12, and reserve PF/C Reginald Cox with 10. C Dan Davis scored 7 and grabbed 15 rebounds.