PHOENIX (AP) - Western Kentucky's Cinderella run in the NCAA
tournament is over.
Kevin Love scored a career-high 29 points to help UCLA, which nearly frittered away a 21-point halftime lead, to hang and defeat the Hilltoppers 88-78 in the NCAA West Region on Thursday night.
Top-seeded UCLA (34-3) will play No. 3-seeded Xavier on Saturday for a trip to its third consecutive Final Four. Love also had 14 rebounds. He hit 10-of-14 shots from the floor and helped rescue the Bruins for the second time in as many games.
Tyrone Brazelton scored 31 points - 25 in the second half - and Courtney Lee added 18 for 12th-seeded Western Kentucky (29-7).