Jordan Farmar was smiling. Not what you would expect from a player who had just thrown up an airball free throw with 0. 8 seconds left in...
NEW YORK — Jordan Farmar was smiling. Not what you would expect from a player who had just thrown up an airball free throw with 0.8 seconds left in a tie game.
The sophomore guard went back to the line, made the second and No. 16 UCLA had a 57-56 victory over Drexel on Friday in the third-place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Farmar finished with a career-high 28 points.
“I had seen it happen before, but I never thought it would happen to me,” Farmar said. “I had to laugh, calm down and knock down the second and get out of here with a win.”
UCLA (4-1) had tied the game 56-56 with 6.8 seconds left on 2 of 3 free throws by Arron Afflalo. Drexel (3-2) then turned the ball over when Bashir Mason couldn’t handle a hard inbounds pass from Chaz Crawford.
Other Pac-10 games
USC 69, E. Washington 51
Nick Young scored 25 points as USC defeated Eastern Washington in the consolation bracket of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska.
It was new coach Tim Floyd’s first win.
Rainier Beach High product Lodrick Stewart scored eight points for the Trojans (1-2). Jake Beitinger, a South Kitsap High graduate, scored 17 points for Eastern Washington. Kentwood alum Rodney Stuckey added 15 points.
USC will face Alaska-Anchorage today, and Eastern Washington plays Southern Illinois.
At California 83, No. Colorado 59
DeVon Hardin scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double as California defeated winless Northern Colorado in the opening round of the Golden Bear Classic.
Cal advanced to play in today’s championship game against Northeastern, a 102-81 winner over Cal State Northridge.