USD Comes Up Short at UCLA

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It was nearly a Hollywood ending for the South Dakota men’s basketball team but fell 85-82 Tuesday night to UCLA inside Pauley Pavilion. Trailing by 24 points with 5:01 remaining in the game, South Dakota tallied 14-straight points to pull within 10 points with just under two minutes remaining and continued to wittle away but came up short as they dropped a 85-82 verdict to UCLA on Tuesday night. South Dakota made 29-of-70 shots for 41.4 percent from the field. Matt Mooney tallied a game-high 23 points while Armstrong added 15 points and Peterson tallied 12 points. Thomas Welsh led the Bruins with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The loss snaps a four-game win streak for South Dakota as it falls to 11-4. UCLA snapped a two-game skid to improve to 8-3. The Coyotes close out the first half of their season Thursday, hosting Northland College.