Detroit 56, No. 15 UCLA 53
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Daniel Whye scored four points and grabbed a key rebound in the final minutes as 12th-seeded Detroit beat UCLA 56-53 Thursday night in the opening round of the NCAA South Regional.
Jermaine Jackson had 17 points and Rashad Phillips 16 for Detroit, which survived going seven minutes without a field goal in the first half and five minutes in the second half.
Whye hit two free throws with 1:53 to play, giving Detroit a 49-48 lead. Baron Davis, who had 18 points, gave UCLA its final lead at 50-49 with 1:45 remaining. Phillips hit two free throws as Davis fouled out with 1:19 left.
Whye grabbed a rebound off the defensive glass after an exanchge of turnovers, then hit a jumper to put Detroit ahead 53-50. Desmond Ferguson sank two more free throws for Detroit with 4.3 seconds to go.
JaRon Rush closed out the scoring for UCLA by hitting a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds to go as the Bruins finished with a season-low point total.
Detroit (25-5) will play Ohio State (24-8) in one of Saturday’s semifinals at the RCA Dome. Top-seeded Auburn (28-3) takes on Oklahoma State (23-10) in the opener.