UCLA 65, VCU 64
Date: 3/20/2009 Album ID: 715132
Photos by Associated Press
UCLA eked out a 65-64 victory over VCU on Thursday night in the opening round of the East Regional. The Bruins (26-8) kept alive their hopes of a fourth straight trip to the Final Four, advancing to play Villanova (27-7) on Saturday.
Virginia Commonwealth's Larry Sanders, right, takes a shot past UCLA's Nikola Dragovic in the first half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 19, 2009.  (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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UCLA's Darren Collison (2) and John Shipp (3) celebrate in front of Virginia Commonwealth's Bradford Burgess, center, at the end of the second half during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 19, 2009. UCLA won 65-64. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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UCLA's Josh Shipp (3) drives past Virginia Commonwealth's Bradford Burgess (20) in the second half during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 19, 2009. Shipp had 16 points in UCLA's  65-64 win. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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UCLA's Jerime Anderson (5) gets off a pass under pressure from Virginia Commonwealth defenders in the first half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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UCLA's Nikola Dragovic (41) the ball in front of Virginia Commonwealth's T.J. Gwynn during the first half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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UCLA's Nikola Dragovic takes a shot over Virginia Commonwealth's Joey Rodriguez in the first half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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UCLA's Alfred Aboya (12) takes a shot as Virginia Commonwealth's Ed Nixon falls  in the first half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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UCLA's Alfred Aboya (12) is fouled by Virginia Commonwealth's Joey Rodriguez (12) in the second half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 19, 2009. UCLA won 65-64. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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UCLA's Darren Collison (2) drives past Virginia Commonwealth's Larry Sanders in the second half during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 19, 2009. UCLA won 65-64. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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Virginia Commonwealth guard Eric Maynor, left, goes up for a shot as UCLA guard Darren Collison, right, looks on during the second half of their first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 19, 2009. UCLA won 65-64. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Virginia Commonwealth guard Eric Maynor, right, reacts as he is fouled by UCLA's Alfred Aboya during the second half of their first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 19, 2009. UCLA won 65-64. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Virginia Commonwealth's Eric Maynor (3) tries to steal the ball as UCLA's Darren Collison tries to maintain control in the second half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 19, 2009.  (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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UCLA head coach Ben Howland shouts to his players in the first half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game against Virginia Commonwealth in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Virginia Commonwealth head coach Anthony Grant shouts to his players in the second half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game against UCLA in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 19, 2009.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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