PHILADELPHIA – A long way from home, UCLA barely kept alive its quest for a fourth straight trip to the Final Four.

VCU’s Eric Maynor missed a contested 17-footer at the buzzer and the sixth-seeded Bruins held on for a 65-64 victory over the Rams on Thursday night in the opening round of the East Regional.

UCLA (26-8) advances to play Villanova (27-7) on Saturday.

Josh Shipp scored 16, Jrue Holiday had 13 and three other Bruins scored in double figures.

Maynor led Virginia Commonwealth with 21. The Rams (24-10) were a popular pick to pull off a 6-11 upset – even President Barack Obama circled VCU in his bracket.

But UCLA wasn’t ready to go home.


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