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St. Bonaventure earn first NCAA tourney win since 1970 after defeating UCLA

St. Bonaventure set a school record with its 26th win, somehow withstanding terrible games from its two best players, Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley. They play Florida on Thursday.


Kahron Spearman


St. Bonaventure scratched out a 65-58 victory over college basketball blue blood UCLA, to earn their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1970.

Courtney Stockard recovered from a hamstring injury, to score 26 points to carry the Bonnies, who needed every bucket. Its two best players, Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley, went 6-for-28 from the field.  

The 11th-seeded Bonnies (26-7) have sixth-seeded Florida (20-12) next, in Dallas on Thursday night in the East region.

Florida's got four or five days on us, so we'll be watching tape on the plane. We've got a 2 a.m. flight, but it couldn't be a better flight. Ever.

Having played in 18 Final Fours, UCLA (21-12) played from the First Four for the first time in its storied history. The Bruins had issues with getting clean shots over the Bonnies' zone defense and accumulated a disastrous 20 turnovers in 40 minutes, a season-high.

UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, who led the Pac-12 in scoring, registered 20 points but had 10 turnovers, including three (one offensive foul) in the last 29 seconds.

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