The match-up between the UCLA Bruins and Tulsa Golden Hurricanes started off as a thriller. Neither team could keep any separation for a long period of time during the first half.
In the first half, the Golden Hurricanes matched the Bruins shot for shot as both shot for about 38%. However, what might have been the difference-maker going into halftime was turnovers for the Golden Hurricanes and steals by the Bruins.
The Golden Hurricanes turned the ball over eight times and had the ball taken away four times by the Bruins. It is because of those two stats that the Bruins went into the locker-room with a 35-30 lead at the half.
The second half would play out much differently however, as the Bruins started to create some separation against the Golden Hurricanes. The Bruins continued to score on the Golden Hurricanes to win the game 76-59 to advance to the round of 32.
For the Bruins, D’Andre Wright lead all-scores with 18 points. The Bruins had a balanced scoring effort as James Woodard scored 11 points, Rashad Smith scored nine points and Tim Peete scored eight points to round out the Bruins top contributors.
The Bruins will play again against the 12th-seeded Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks team that upset VCU. The Bruins, Lumberjacks match-up will be aired on TBS at 7:10 PM EST this Sunday.