He scored 20 points but had 10 turnovers, including two pivotal ones in the final minute when he fouled out.
Outside of its dynamic senior backcourt, though, St. Bonaventure has little depth and height, with only one player-backup center Amadi Ikpeze-standing taller than 6-foot-10. A free throw by freshman guard Kris Wilkes gave the Bruins their first lead since late in the first half.
One of the play-in games for the NCAA Tournament, the victor here will take on sixth-seeded Florida in the East region. In each of the past two years, UCLA earned hosting privileges and advanced to the Sweet 16 in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history.
That source said on Saturday that Stockard might well have played against the Wildcats had Bona felt it absolutely needed a win to secure its place in the NCAA Tournament. 15 Arizona in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals on Friday night. "Obviously we want to go deep into the tournament ... but seeing how much our team has developed is already a success".
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UCLA's junior guard Aaron Holiday averages a Pac 12-best 20.3 points, 5.8 assists and drains 43.3 percent from 3-point range, while the senior duo of Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley for the Bonnies combined to score nearly 40 per contest and have connected on 177 tries behind the arc between them. He confirmed that Stockard is a game-time decision for the Bruins, but that the outlook was "more positive than negative".
The Bonnies have lost their only two games against UCLA, in 1973 and '74 but say they are emboldened by facing a school that has produced National Basketball Association greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton, among many others. The Bruins are playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 49th time. In 1970, (Hall of Famer) Bob Lanier got hurt and didn't have a chance to play UCLA (in the Final Four).
The Bruins had an early and worldwide role in college basketball's season of scandal. Sixth-seeded Iowa is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2015 after finishing third in the Big Ten.
What's mystifying about Holiday's performance in what turned into UCLA's season finale was how hot the point guard was coming into the tournament. In order for St. Bonaventure to reach the true field of 64, one team stands in their way, the UCLA Bruins. Bet the Bruins -3 over the Bonnies on Tuesday. Get your 100% signup bonus today.