DAYTON, Ohio — Courtney Stockard returned from a hamstring injury and scored 26 points, and Jaylen Adams made a jumper and three free throws in the final minute Tuesday night, rallying St. Bonaventure to a 65-58 victory over UCLA and its first NCAA Tournament win in 48 years.
The 11th-seeded Bonnies (26-7) will play sixth-seeded Florida (20-12) in Dallas on Thursday night in the East Regional.
St. Bonaventure set a school record with its 26th win. Stockard got the Bonnies in position for the drought-busting Tournament victory by leading a late 12-0 run. Adams — who missed 14 of his first 15 shots — closed it out in the final 49 seconds.
UCLA (21-12) bristled at having to play in the First Four for the first time — the Bruins have been to 18 Final Fours. They had trouble making shots against the Bonnies’ zone defense and had 20 turnovers.
UCLA’s Aaron Holiday led the Pac-12 in scoring but couldn’t put his touch on the First Four game. He scored 20 points but had 10 turnovers, including two pivotal ones in the final minute, when he fouled out.
St. Bonaventure will try to win two games in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1970, when it beat Davidson, N.C. State and Villanova before losing to Jacksonville without injured star Bob Lanier. The Bonnies had lost three NCAA Tournament games — in 1978, 2000 and 2012 — since that last win.
Radford 71, LIU 61: Travis Fields Jr. and Ed Polite Jr. each had 13 points to lift Radford to its first NCAA Tournament win. The Highlanders (23-12) will face No. 1 seed Villanova on Thursday in Pittsburgh. The Blackbirds (18-17) are winless in seven trips to the Tournament.