David Singleton scored seven of his 15 points in overtime and 11th-seeded UCLA booked a spot in the Elite Eight with a stunning 88-78 overtime victory over second-seeded Alabama on Sunday in the East Region semifinals of the NCAA Tournament at famed Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. contributed 17 points, eight rebounds and three steals as the Bruins (21-9) won their fourth straight game in the tourney to advance this deep for the first time since 2008. UCLA joins Virginia Commonwealth (2011) as the only schools to play in the First Four and reach the Elite Eight.
UCLA will face top-seeded Michigan (23-4) in Tuesday's regional final.
Jules Bernard tallied 17 points, Johnny Juzang scored 13 points before fouling out and Tyger Campbell also had 13 for the Bruins. Cody Riley scored 10 points and blocked four shots for UCLA.
Jahvon Quinerly scored 20 points and John Petty Jr. scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime for Alabama (26-7). Keon Ellis added 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals before fouling out.
The Crimson Tide were a porous 11 of 25 from the free-throw line. UCLA made 20 of 25.
The Bruins scored the first seven points of overtime, five coming from Singleton, to take a 72-65 advantage with 2:51 left.
The Crimson Tide moved within 74-70 on a basket by Jones with 2:08 left, but Jaquez answered with a 3-pointer and Singleton followed with two free throws as the Bruins finished off the triumph.
UCLA dominated the overtime after seeing Alabama rally at the end of regulation.
Cody Riley slammed home a dunk with 14 seconds remaining to give the Bruins a 63-62 lead.
Alabama's Herbert Jones was fouled with 6.8 seconds left and missed both shots. UCLA retrieved the rebound and got the ball to Singleton, who was fouled and made both free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining.
But the Crimson Tide forced overtime when Alex Reese knocked down a long 3-pointer for his first points of the game to tie it at 65 with 0.4 seconds left.
Michigan 76, Florida State 58
Top-seeded Michigan used stout first-half defense and efficient second-half offense Sunday to rout fourth-seeded Florida State 76-58 in the East Region semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis.
Hunter Dickenson and Brandon Johns Jr. each scored a game-high 14 points for the Wolverines (23-4), which will play either UCLA or Alabama on Tuesday for the regional crown and a berth in the Final Four.
Franz Wagner added 13 points and Chaundee Brown chipped in 12 for Michigan, which converted 18 of 26 field goal attempts in the second half. The Wolverines drew assists off all but three of those buckets and also enjoyed a 24-6 advantage in points off turnovers for the game.
Malik Osborne scored 12 points for the Seminoles (18-7), hitting 4 of 7 3-pointers. M.J. Walker added 10 points, but he made only 5 of 14 field goal attempts. Florida State canned only 40% of its shots from the floor and was outrebounded 37-31.
The final margin was actually flattering to the Seminoles. Michigan made just 15 of 23 free throws overall while struggling to shoot 33.3% from the field in the first half. Yet it still led 32-21 at intermission because Florida State experienced frightful difficulties offensively.
The Seminoles were 10 of 30 from the field and 0 of 7 at the 3-point line, after finishing among the top 20 teams in Division I in 3-point shooting percentage. They also couldn't take care of the ball, coughing up 10 turnovers.
The result eliminated the Atlantic Coast Conference from the tournament, while keeping the Big Ten's only representative alive.