LAWRENCE KS - DECEMBER 02: Tyshawn Taylor #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks congratulates Joshua Smith of the UCLA Bruins on a good game following the game on December 2 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence Kansas. The Jayhawks defeated the Bruins with a final score of 77-76. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

UCLA Loses To Kansas After Controversial Finish

UCLA leads the all-time series with Kansas 10-6.

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UCLA Loses Heartbreaker In Kansas, 77-76

Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) - Mario Little made a free throw with 0.7 seconds remaining, as the fourth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks snuck past the UCLA Bruins, 77-76, as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Tyshawn Taylor and Tyrel Reed each chipped in with 17 points for the Jayhawks (7-0), who extended the nation's longest active homecourt winning streak to 64 games. Marcus Morris added 16 points and six rebounds for the victors.

Tyler Honeycutt tallied 33 points and nine boards for the Bruins (3-3), who have lost three in a row. Joshua Smith finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Trailing by four, 64-60, with 8:15 remaining, Kansas put together a 13-2 run to take the lead. Taylor tallied eight points during the burst, including a layup to give the Jayhawks a 73-66 margin with 2:55 to play.

It was a 75-69 game after Morris made two free throws with 2:08 left. Lazeric Jones then made a layup for UCLA to make it a four-point game. Little missed three layups at the other end. The Bruins, though, failed to take advantage as Reeves Nelson turned the ball over. But Morris quickly turned the ball over at the opposite end. Smith cut the gap to two, 75-73, with a layup. Taylor then made 1-of-2 from the foul line to give Kansas a three-point edge with 29.2 seconds to go.

After Jones missed a free throw, Reed turned the ball over to give UCLA a chance. Honeycutt set up the dramatic finish with a game-tying three-pointer with five seconds remaining. The Jayhawks rushed the ball down the court and almost turned the ball over. With the clock showing seven-tenths of a second, UCLA's Malcolm Lee fouled Little. The play was reviewed to see if there was time left on the clock when Little was fouled. He made the first free throw to give Kansas the lead before intentionally missing the second. A tight first half resulted in a 42-39 Jayhawks lead.

UCLA still leads the all-time series with Kansas, 10-6...KU hasn't lost at Allen Fieldhouse since February 3, 2007 against Texas A&M (69-66)...Kansas improved to 7-0 for the third time in the last four seasons.

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UCLA Faces Kansas In Tough Road Test

Two traditional powers collide in Lawrence this evening, as fourth-ranked Kansas plays host to UCLA as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.

Ben Howland's Bruins opened the 2010-11 campaign with three straight victories, including two in regional action of the NIT Season Tip-Off. However, when the venue changed to Madison Square Garden for semifinal and final round action, UCLA came out on the short end of the stick, dropping decisions to both Villanova (82-70) and VCU (89-85).

Despite losing a ton of talent from last year's team, Bill Self's Jayhawks certainly look no worse off for it. The team has jumped out to a fast start with six straight victories and will be playing its second straight Pac-10 foe, after outlasting Arizona last weekend in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational, 87-79.

The Jayhawks will put the nation's longest active homecourt winning streak on the line this evening (63 games), against a foe that has won 10 of the previous 15 meetings in the series. Five of the 15 all-time meetings have occurred in the NCAA Tournament. This is the second year in a row that the teams have met up in this event. Last year Kansas posted a 73-61 victory in Los Angeles.

The Bruins rallied late to make a game of it against VCU, but fell for the second straight time in New York City nonetheless. UCLA held a huge advantage on the boards (43-28) and got nice offensive outings from a few players, but 21 turnovers was definitely a hindrance to the Bruins' cause. Malcolm Lee hit five three-pointers and led four Bruins in double figures with 23 points. Reeves Nelson (20 pts, 10 rebs) and Tyler Honeycutt (18 pts, 13 rebs) both recorded double-doubles, while Lazeric Jones added 14 points in the loss. The Bruins rely heavily on their starting five and aren't getting much offensive help from the bench. Four of the five starters are averaging double figures on the Year. Nelson tops the squad with a double-double of 17.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Honeycutt adds to the strong play up front with 14.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Jones and Lee add backcourt balance with 12.6 and 11.5 ppg, respectively.

Although Kansas is missing a couple of All-Americans from last year's team, it is a revolving door of talent in Lawrence and this year's squad has proved to be just as lethal in the early going. The team currently boasts of a ridiculous +35.3 scoring margin, averaging 92.0 ppg on a sizzling .578 shooting, while limiting foes to a mere 56.7 ppg on .358 accuracy from the floor. Junior Marcus Morris has stood up and become a leader of this squad, shooting .677 from thee field thus far and averaging 19.0 ppg. His brother, Markieff is converting 54.3 percent of his shots, while averaging a near double-double with 12.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per outing. Thomas Robinson completes a potent frontcourt trio with 10.7 ppg and 6.3 rpg, doing his work exclusively off the bench. Kansas once again shot the ball extremely well, connecting on 31-of-57 shots (.544) against Arizona in an eight-point victory. Six Jayhawks tallied double digits in the victory, led by Marcus Morris' 16 points. Markieff was right behind with 15, followed closely by Robinson's 14.

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