UCLA handles Belmont with ease in NCAAs

first_imgSAN DIEGO (AP) – Once the UCLA Bruins started scoring, the Belmont Bruins never stood a chance. Freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored a career-high 17 points and UCLA routed the small Nashville school 78-44 Thursday in a first-round NCAA tournament matchup of similarly nicknamed teams. Ryan Hollins added 10 points for No. 2 seed UCLA (28-6), which won its seventh straight after holding 15th-seeded Belmont to 21 second-half points. Belmont (20-11) had averaged 81.8 points. UCLA’s backcourt duo of Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo combined for 15 points. The Bruins of Nashville raced out to their largest lead of the game, 18-12, while UCLA missed 10 of its first 15 shots. The game was tied four times before UCLA recovered with a 23-5 run _ including 13 in a row _ to end the half ahead 35-23. Moute scored seven points and Darren Collison added six. Belmont committed a slew of its 10 turnovers during UCLA’s spurt, including two consecutive by Andy Wicke that led to baskets by Collison. Its shooting also dipped to 35 percent from the floor by halftime. UCLA’s offensive tear continued into the second half, when the Bruins outscored Belmont 10-2 and extended their lead to 45-25. They then ran off 13 straight points for a 60-28 lead as Belmont came up empty on possession after possession. Hare’s struggles epitomized how bad things got _ he tossed up an airball, then missed two free throws. UCLA has held seven straight opponents to 60 points or less. Belmont rarely got a second shot on any possession, and even when it did, UCLA defenders had their arms in the air disrupting shots. The huge lead allowed Howland to clear his bench with about eight minutes remaining. Even then, Belmont couldn’t hang with the West Coast Bruins’ reserves.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Justin Hare, who came in averaging 15.9 points, Boomer Herndon and Andrew Preston had six points each for Belmont, which had its No. 1 fan, country singer Vince Gill, in the front row. UCLA coach Ben Howland earned his first NCAA tournament victory since taking over in Westwood three seasons ago. Last year, the Bruins lost in the first round to Texas Tech. They advanced to the second round for the first time since 2002 and will play 10th-seeded Alabama on Saturday in the Oakland Regional. The victory was UCLA’s 86th all-time in its 40th tournament appearance, trailing only Kentucky’s 95 and North Carolina’s 88. It was the school’s biggest win since 2000, when the Bruins beat Maryland 105-70 in the second round. Before things got ugly, Belmont didn’t flinch in the early going of its first NCAA tournament appearance. last_img read more


first_imgA heartbroken father shouted frantically at a bin lorry driver to stop just seconds before his son was knocked down and killed.Bin lorry driver Alex McDaidThree year old Patrick McDonagh was killed when he got trapped beneath the lorry after chasing a ball onto a road. A court today heard the harrowing details of the last moments of the life of the little boy.Patrick, a twin, died when he was hit by a bin lorry at Ballymacool in Letterkenny on February 16th, 2010.A 61 year old man today appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court charged in connection with the little boy’s death.Alex McDaid, who was driving the lorry, is charged with dangerous driving causing death and also of driving without a valid driving license.The little boy’s father Patrick Snr told how Patrick Jnr and his twin sister Megan had been playing with a ball seconds before the accident.The family’s pet dog had taken the ball and Mr McDonagh had taken it and given the tennis ball back to little Patrick.The father and mother of the late Patrick McDonagh Jnr, Patrick McDonagh Snr and Shirley McDonagh.The ball then rolled down a hill from their home as Mr McDonagh roared at his son to stop.“I ran down after him and I was roaring for the driver to stop,” he said“He was bending down to pick up the ball and he was hit by the step at the back of the lorry and the lorry went over him.“It happened in seconds but it felt like minutes,” he said.The accused, Alex McDaid, of Bomany, Letterkenny, wiped away tears as Mr McDonagh recalled the last moments of his son’s life.The boy’s mother Shirley, who was in the family’s home, said she heard her husband shouting “stop, stop.”She ran outside and told how she saw the twin wheels of the back of the truck roll over her son.“Patrick was lying on the ground. I picked him up. Patrick was gasping for air. I ran down the street and the ambulance came,” she said.The ambulance rushed Shirley and Patrick Jnr to Letterkenny General Hospital but the court heard the little boy died a short time later from massive head injuries.Some photographs taken at the scene were held back from the jury because of their graphic nature.The court heard that blood and bone fragments were found at the scene.Tomasz Duraj, who was working at the back of the Ferry’s Refuse lorry, revealed how he was standing on the back right hand side of the lorry when the accident happened.The Polish national said there was nothing to alarm him that there was any danger.He said because of the noise of the lorry he only realised what had happened when Mr McDaid turned off the engine.Ms Sheree Young a neighbour of the McDonagh family, said she did not see the accident but saw Ms McDonagh cradling her child just minutes after the tragedy.“It just seemed like a freak accident,” she said.The trial continues tomorrow (WED).FATHER SHOUTED AT DRIVER JUST SECONDS BEFORE BIN LORRY KILLED HIS SON was last modified: April 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Alex McDaidBomanydangerous drivingferry’s refusePatrick McDonaghlast_img read more