MEMORABLE GAME NO. 4 No. 5 ARKANSAS 74, No. 2 UCLA 70 March 16, 1978 NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal at Albuquerque, N.M.
It had been an incredible year for Arkansas. The Razorbacks repeated as Southwest Conference champs but had to nervously await an NCAA at-large bid when they were eliminated from the league tournament by Houston in the semifinals. The “Triplets,” Ron Brewer, Sidney Moncrief and Marvin Delph, were the ringleaders of one of the greatest teams in school history.
Still, the Hogs were underdogs and a new kid on the NCAA block when they faced second-ranked UCLA in the third round at Albuquerque. David Greenwood was the leader of the Bruins, who weren’t far removed from their incredible string of NCAA championships.
UCLA was stunned as Arkansas roared to a 40-22 lead that was cut to 42-29 by halftime. The Bruins didn’t panic. They pressed the Hogs and took a 60-58 lead.
Brewer tied the game with two free throws, Steve Schall hit a short turnaround and Delph drilled a jump shot to put the Hogs back in front. By game’s end the Razorbacks were going strong.
Delph sizzled by hitting 11 of his 14 shots, finishing with 23 points. Moncrief had 21 and Brewer 18. Greenwood finished with 17 for UCLA.
The victory moved the Razorbacks a step closer to their eventual trip to the Final Four.
Arkansas 74, UCLA 70 West Regional * Sweet 16 * March 16, 1978 University Arena * Albuquerque, N.M. * Att.: 17,750
|24||David Greenwood *||8||13||1||4||4||5||17||2||2||2||1||39|
|35||James Wilkes *||3||5||0||0||0||5||6||1||1||0||1||21|
|31||Gig Sims *||0||1||0||0||4||2||0||1||1||1||0||13|
|22||Raymond Townsend *||1||11||0||0||2||2||2||2||2||0||0||26|
|24||Roy Hamilton *||9||16||1||2||1||4||19||6||3||0||4||36|
|FG%||1st Half: 14-28 .500||2nd Half: 20-39 .512||Game: .507||DEADBALL REBOUNDS|
|F Throw%||1st Half: 1-5 .200||2nd Half: 1-3 .333||Game: .250||2|
|42||Jim Counce *||0||1||2||2||3||0||2||3||5||0||2||39|
|44||Marvin Delph *||11||14||1||1||10||2||23||0||3||0||1||40|
|30||Steve Schall *||4||7||0||0||2||4||8||1||2||1||2||20|
|10||Ron Brewer *||5||14||8||10||5||0||18||5||4||0||0||40|
|32||Sidney Moncrief *||7||13||7||13||11||2||21||1||1||1||0||39|
|FG%||1st Half: 19-30 .633||2nd Half: 9-20 .450||Game: .560||DEADBALL REBOUNDS|
|F Throw%||1st Half: 4-5 .800||2nd Half: 14-23 .608||Game: .642||3|
Officials: Henry Nichols, Charles Fouty Technical fouls: None Attendance: 17,750
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||Total|