Michigan had chances late but falls to UCLA in Elite Eight
Michigan had four shots in the final 20 seconds of Tuesday night’s game against UCLA to win. None of them fell.
The Wolverines’ impressive season came to an end after dropping a 51-49 decision to the Bruins in Indianapolis in the Elite Eight on Tuesday. Despite jumping out to an early 7-point lead in the second half, Michigan’s offense just didn’t have the firepower to punch a ticket to the Final Four.
Down 50-49 with under 20 seconds remaining in the game, Michigan’s Franz Wagner had a wide open look from behind the 3-point line but was off the mark. Eli Brooks grabbed the rebound but missed his layup attempt and Jules Bernard grabbed a big board late in the game.
After an intentional foul, Johnny Juzang made 1-of-2 free throws to extend UCLA’s lead to two points. Mike Smith got a good look from behind the 3-point line but the shot was off the mark. The Wolverines had one more chance with less than a second to play, but Wagner missed another shot from deep at the buzzer.
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Juzang ended the night as the leading scorer, account for more than half of UCLA’s points, scoring 28 in the win. He had 18 points by halftime. Tyger Campbell scored 11 and Bernard, Cody Riley and Jaime Jaquez Jr. all had 4 points.
Leading the way for Michigan was Hunter Dickinson with 11 points while Brandon Johns Jr., Eli Brooks and Chaundee Brown all added 8 points. Austin Davis scored 7, Wagner had 4 and Mike Smith chipped in 3.
Tuesday’s game came down to defense, as bot teams shot under 40%, both made 3 shots from 3-point range and both made just 6 free throws for the contest. The difference was the turnover battle, with Michigan ending with 14 compared to UCLA’s 8.
Michigan’s ends its season with a 23-5 record. UCLA will advance to play Gonzaga in the Final Four.