In the final minute against Alabama, Tony Parker had a block, two rebounds and made both of his free throws to give UCLA a 75-67 victory in the final tuneup at Pauley Pavilion before Pac-12 play begins.
Parker was a 43 percent free-throw shooter before Saturday’s game, where he made 80 percent (4 of 5), including two with 56 seconds left.
“That’s (been weighing) big on me,” Parker said. “I thought I was a better free-throw throw shooter. I keep shooting them in practice. It’s big for me and my game because I will get fouled a lot.”
UCLA (11-2) remains unbeaten at home with a 9-0 record.
This was the first time UCLA trailed at halftime, giving the Bruins good experience of rallying and weathering a storm down the stretch. Problematic for UCLA was Alabama guard Trevor Releford’s 34 points off the bench (he didn’t start because of a disciplinary issue).
UCLA next plays host to USC on Jan. 5 to kick off Pac-12 conference play.