Exactly what cost UCLA in the first half helped the Bruins in the second against Kansas.
And then, just as quickly, their three-point shooting deceived them once more.
UCLA fell behind by 20, rallied to close it to within five with some hot shooting, and watched Kansas run away with a 72-56 win in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.
The Bruins fell behind early as they were plagued by turnovers and poor shooting in the first half, trailing 12-2 less than six minutes in and 22-12 less than 10 minutes in.
By halftime, UCLA was down 43-26 and showing little fight.
In the second half, though, the shots started falling, from all over.
Down 51-31 with 15:16 left in the game, the Bruins went on a 21-6 run over the next seven-plus minutes to cut it to 57-52. Reeves Nelson hit a pair of 3-pointers – six of his 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting – to spur the rally – and Jerime Anderson and Tyler Lamb joined the fun, as well.
Eventually, though, the rhythm ended and Kansas surged back ahead as UCLA’s defense faltered.
Lamb led the Bruins with 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting and Anderson finished with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting.