UCLA Vs. St. John's: Bruins Defeated At Madison Square Garden

UCLA loses their fourth straight at St. John's.

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UCLA Vs. St. John's: Bruins Come Up Short In Manhattan

The UCLA Bruins marched into Manhattan looking to get their first victory at St. John's since 1968, but the St. John's Red Storm were able to hold on for their fourth straight home victory against UCLA with the final score 66-63. UCLA won the first game of this home and home series 66-59 last year, but turnovers and second chance points for St. John's were too much for UCLA to overcome. Not that UCLA didn't try, as this game at Madison Square Garden came down to the final possession.

UCLA trailed by four with a minute left to go, and then proceeded to miss three inside shots and get three subsequent offensive rebounds in the space of 20 seconds before finally getting a Travis Ware layup to cut the lead to two. St. John's got the ball into their half of the court, and worked the clock down to eight seconds. The three point attempt was off, but Phil Greene's tip in put the Red Storm back up by four.

St. John's, possibly in a moment of confusion, then went for the intentional foul which gave UCLA a shooters chance at getting the four points needed to tie the game. UCLA made one free throw, but St. John's was able to get the rebound on the miss. St. John's missed the first free throw on the subsequent intentional foul, and David Wear's heaving attempt for the tie was just short.

Tyler Lamb lead UCLA with 18 points, shooting 50% from behind the arc and better than 50% from the field. The Bruins had four players in double figures, and shot a better percentage from the field, but in the end it came down to free throws. Both teams hit the same number of field goals, and UCLA had two more three pointers. Which made St. John's 14-16 from the free throw line the difference in the game. Had UCLA shot better from the free throw line in the first half, it would have been a different game in the final minutes.

For more recap of this matchup, be sure to check out Bruins Nation.

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UCLA Vs. St. John's: Bruins Trail In Big Apple Matchup

The UCLA Bruins have a chance to prove themselves on national TV for their final out of conference matchup against the St. John's Red Storm. In just the 10th meeting between two storied college basketball programs, the Bruins and Storm have played a sloppy first half with St. John's currently leading 35-30 despite shooting 36.7% from the field.

How then are the Red Storm leading the Bruins who are shooting almost 50% from the field? St. John's is shooting slightly better from behind the arc (4-8 to 3-9) and are shooting significantly better from the free throw line (9-9). St. John's getting to the line put three Bruins in first half foul trouble, three Bruins have two fouls going into the second half.

With 3:14 left to play, Tyler Lamb pulled UCLA within one with a three pointer, but then St. John's scored four unanswered to close out the half. Lamb leads UCLA with 10 points, and is 2-4 from behind the arc. Neither team is going for particularly high percentage shots, if UCLA worked the ball in more often than they look the long jump shot it's likely they'd be shooting better than 50% at this point.

D'Angelo Harrison leads St. John's with 11 points, despite shooting 3-10 from the field. Two of those makes were from behind the arc, and he's a 3-3 from the free throw line. UCLA has an almost 1-1 assist to turnover ratio, that combined with the fouls has been the main reason St. John's leads at the half.

For more on UCLA's performance in the Big Apple, check out Bruins Nation.

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UCLA Vs. St. John's Preview, Game Time, TV Info And More

The UCLA Bruins head east on Saturday morning to battle the St. John's Red Storm in a non-conference battle at Madison Square Garden in New York City against ex-Bruin head coach Steve Lavin. Here are the relevant details of Saturday's nationally televised college basketball contest:

Records: UCLA (15-11); St. John's (10-16)

Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City

Time: 10 a.m. PST

TV: CBS, with Ian Eagle on play-by-play and Bill Raftery ("Onions!") as the analyst

Radio: AM 570 and the UCLA Sports Network, with Chris Roberts and Tracy Murray on the call; the St. John's radio call can be heard on either Sirius channel 113 or Sirius XM channel 194.

Series History: UCLA is 6-3 all-time against St. John's, winning last year's game at Pauley Pavilion 66-59. UCLA is 2-3 all-time against St. John's on the road, and have lost the last three in New York, in 1984, 1986, and 2004.

Injury Update: Anthony Stover has missed the last two games with tendonitis in his left foot, but the UCLA center has been able to practice and is listed as probable for Saturday's game.

For more UCLA basketball news and analysis, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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College Basketball Schedule, TV Times And More: ESPN BracketBusters For Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount

The local college basketball weekend schedule is dominated by a pair of ESPN BracketBusters games, plus one trip east to visit an old coach. The Loyola Marymount Lions and Long Beach State 49ers will play BracketBusters games on Friday and Saturday, respectively, while the UCLA Bruins head to Madison Sqaure Garden to battle Steve Lavin and St. John's. Here is the weekend college basketball slate:

Friday

6 p.m. - Valparaiso at Loyola Marymount (ESPNU): The Lions are fresh off their biggest win of the season, a 75-60 win at No. 21 Saint Mary's, who was previously unbeaten at home. LMU finished their conference road schedule at 7-1, and have three home games left on their schedule before the West Coast Conference Tournament.

Saturday

10 a.m. - UCLA at St. John's (CBS): The Bruins will head to Madison Square Garden to battle Steve Lavin and St. John's. Lavin, who coached the Bruins for seven years, underwent successful surgery to treat prostate cancer on October 6, and has followed a reduced, modified schedule, coaching in only four games since.

7 p.m. - Long Beach State at Creighton (ESPN2): The 49ers have won 12 straight games and 15 of their last 16 contests. This could have been the sixth opponent for Long Beach State ranked in the top 25 this season, but Creighton fell from No. 13 in the AP poll two weeks ago to on the outside looking in after three straight losses.

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