BERKELEY—UCLA’s three-game winning streak was snapped Saturday night before a crowd of nearly 11,000 at Cal Berkeley’s Haas Pavilion.
Despite a game-high 20 points and 7 rebounds from Bruins big man Tony Parker, UCLA was toppled by several clutch shots from the underdog Golden Bears, who secured a 64-62 victory following a last-second trey from Dwight Tarwater.
Trailing 62-58 with a minute and a half to play, Berkeley stunned UCLA with a 7-0 run that has once more cast a shadow of doubt over Westwood. Having won six of their last nine contests, the Bruins sat at third-place in the PAC-12, boasting their second three-game streak of the new year.
Following Saturday’s loss, the Bruins find themselves desperately searching for answers and clutching to NCAA tournament hopes.
“The last two and a half minutes, it was a 7-0 run by them,” said UCLA Head Coach Steve Alford. “So, we just couldn’t close the game out, and that’s something that we have to work on.”
UCLA’s next chance for redemption will come February 11 at Pauley Pavilion, as fifth-place Oregon State will journey to Westwood looking for a season sweep of the Bruins. If UCLA wins, they will find themselves tied with a Beavers team that handed them a convincing 66-55 defeat in Corvallis.
The game, beginning at 7 p.m. (PST) will broadcast live on the PAC-12 Network.