UCLA beats Lumberjacks 77-60 to reach Sweet 16

UCLA beats Lumberjacks 77-60 to reach Sweet 16

March 23rd, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Stephen F. Austin guard Desmond Haymon, center, attempts a fall away shot as UCLA forward Travis Wear, center left, tries for the block during their third-round game in the NCAA basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in San Diego.

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SAN DIEGO - Jordan Adams scored 19 points and UCLA beat Stephen F. Austin 77-60 on Sunday to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008.

The fourth-seeded Bruins (27-8) will play Florida, the tournament's overall top seed, in the South Regional semifinals on Thursday in Memphis. First-year coach Steve Alford has won as many NCAA tournament games in three days as the Bruins had in the previous five seasons combined.

Alford replaced Ben Howland, who was fired a year ago after the Bruins lost to Minnesota in their NCAA tournament opener. This is UCLA's first trip to the regionals since Howland got the Bruins to their third straight Final Four in 2008.

Stephen F. Austin (32-2), the No. 12 seed, had its 29-game winning streak snapped. The Lumberjacks hadn't lost in exactly four months.