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UCLA beats Cincinnati 79-67 to earn Sweet 16 trip

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Lonzo Ball scored 19 points and ignited UCLA's rally from a poor start with nine assists, lifting the third-seeded Bruins to a 79-67 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday in the South Regional.

UCLA (31-4) had a hard time solving sixth-seeded Cincinnati's active defense in the first half, unable to get shots to drop or get out in transition. The Bruins found a new gear in the second half, breaking out for dunks and dropping in strings of 3-pointers to quickly push the lead to double digits.

Now UCLA is headed to its third Sweet 16 appearance in four seasons under coach Steve Alford, erasing - at least in part - the 15-17 letdown of a year ago.

The Bruins will face No. 2 seed Kentucky in the South Regional semifinals Friday in Memphis.

Cincinnati (30-6) had no real answer when the Bruins got rolling falling short of their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2012.

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Key Players
T. Caupain
L. Ball
34.9 Min. Per Game 34.9
14.6 Pts. Per Game 14.6
7.6 Ast. Per Game 7.6
6.1 Reb. Per Game 6.1
39.4 Field Goal % 55.6
32.5 Three Point % 42.0
68.7 Free Throw % 67.7
  Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf 17.0
  Jarron Cumberland missed 3-pt. jump shot 19.0
  Defensive rebound by Cincinnati 24.0
  Bryce Alford missed 3-pt. jump shot 26.0
  Bad pass turnover on Kevin Johnson 53.0
  Offensive rebound by Kevin Johnson 54.0
  Kyle Washington missed 3-pt. jump shot 56.0
  Defensive rebound by Kyle Washington 1:05
  TJ Leaf missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:05
+ 1 TJ Leaf made 1st of 2 free throws 1:05
  Personal foul on Kevin Johnson 1:05
Points 67 79
Field Goals 26-58 (44.8%) 31-62 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 7-20 (35.0%) 11-28 (39.3%)
Free Throws 8-10 (80.0%) 6-10 (60.0%)
Total Rebounds 32 30
Offensive 9 6
Defensive 21 23
Team 2 1
Assists 11 21
Steals 2 5
Blocks 1 5
Turnovers 10 3
Fouls 13 10
Technicals 0 0
34
J. Cumberland G
15 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
2
L. Ball G
18 PTS, 7 REB, 9 AST
12T
6 Cincinnati 30-6 333467
3 UCLA 31-4304979
Team Stats
6 Cincinnati 30-6 74.3 PPG 39.7 RPG 15.5 APG
3 UCLA 31-4 89.8 PPG 40.5 RPG 21.4 APG
Key Players
34
J. Cumberland G 8.3 PPG 2.4 RPG 1.5 APG 49.3 FG%
2
L. Ball G 14.6 PPG 6.0 RPG 7.6 APG 55.1 FG%
Top Scorers
34
J. Cumberland G 15 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
2
L. Ball G 18 PTS 7 REB 9 AST
44.8 FG% 50.0
35.0 3PT FG% 39.3
80.0 FT% 60.0
Cincinnati
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Johnson 29 13 2 1 0 0 2 3 5/9 2/5 1/1 2 0
J. Evans III 38 13 5 1 0 0 1 2 4/7 2/4 3/3 0 5
G. Clark 31 11 8 6 1 1 1 3 4/7 0/1 3/4 3 5
T. Caupain 38 9 5 1 1 0 4 0 3/11 2/3 1/2 2 3
K. Washington 29 4 6 0 0 0 1 2 2/10 0/3 0/0 1 5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Johnson 29 13 2 1 0 0 2 3 5/9 2/5 1/1 2 0
J. Evans III 38 13 5 1 0 0 1 2 4/7 2/4 3/3 0 5
G. Clark 31 11 8 6 1 1 1 3 4/7 0/1 3/4 3 5
T. Caupain 38 9 5 1 1 0 4 0 3/11 2/3 1/2 2 3
K. Washington 29 4 6 0 0 0 1 2 2/10 0/3 0/0 1 5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Cumberland 20 15 2 1 0 0 1 3 7/13 1/4 0/0 1 1
N. Brooks 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
J. Jenifer 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
T. Scott 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
Z. Tobler - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Koz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 67 30 11 2 1 10 13 26/58 7/20 8/10 9 21
UCLA
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Ball 38 18 7 9 2 0 1 1 7/10 4/7 0/0 1 6
B. Alford 31 16 1 3 1 0 0 1 5/13 4/11 2/2 0 1
T. Welsh 34 11 7 1 0 1 0 1 5/9 0/0 1/1 3 4
T. Leaf 26 11 7 0 0 1 0 3 5/10 0/1 1/3 1 6
I. Hamilton 28 10 4 3 0 0 1 1 4/10 2/5 0/0 1 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Ball 38 18 7 9 2 0 1 1 7/10 4/7 0/0 1 6
B. Alford 31 16 1 3 1 0 0 1 5/13 4/11 2/2 0 1
T. Welsh 34 11 7 1 0 1 0 1 5/9 0/0 1/1 3 4
T. Leaf 26 11 7 0 0 1 0 3 5/10 0/1 1/3 1 6
I. Hamilton 28 10 4 3 0 0 1 1 4/10 2/5 0/0 1 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
I. Anigbogu 7 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 2/2 0/0 2/4 0 0
A. Holiday 25 5 1 5 2 1 0 1 2/7 1/4 0/0 0 1
G. Goloman 11 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2
A. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Ali - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Okwarabizie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Olesinski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 79 29 21 5 5 3 10 31/62 11/28 6/10 6 23