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UCLA men’s basketball defeats SMU 60-59 in second round of NCAAs

By Katie Meyers

March 19, 2015 3:22 p.m.

Junior forward Tony Parker exited the bus to enter the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.

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Sophomore guard Bryce Alford stretched in the locker room prior to the game.

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Members of the team sat in the locker room following the 60-59 victory over SMU.

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Alford led the team in scoring with 27 points.

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UCLA coach Steve Alford led the team to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.

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Freshman forward Kevon Looney contributed 10 rebounds against SMU.

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Senior guard Norman Powell threw down a reverse slam dunk with 7:29 in the first half, giving the Bruins a 22-19 lead over the Mustangs. Powell finished with 19 points.

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Former UCLA coach and current SMU coach Larry Brown battled sickness during Thursday's game.

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A fan held up a sign for UCLA.

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Sophomore guard Isaac Hamilton passed the ball to Parker, who drove the paint and drew a foul on the play. Hamilton tied for the team lead with four assists.

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Parker contributed three points and two rebounds in his 18 minutes of game time.

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Powell drove consistently into the paint against SMU all game, reaching the foul line nine times and making all nine free throws.

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Looney finished with six points on three-of-eight shooting.

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Powell ended SMU's 19-0 scoring run with 4:16 left in the second half, sparking the Bruins' late rally.

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Freshman forward Thomas Welsh celebrated the victory. Welsh picked up a key steal with 26 seconds to go, setting UCLA up for the game-winning basket.

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The team celebrated after defeating SMU 60-59. The Mustangs had two chances to win the game on the final possession, but missed both shots.

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