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.

For more information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Bruins Nation.

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