Michael Holton and Rod Foster made critical free throws in the final 15 seconds to lead 14th-ranked UCLA to a 51-50 upset victory over ninth-ranked Notre Dame yesterday at South Bend.
Holton, an 84 percent free-throw shooter, made one of two free throws with 15 seconds left to put the Bruins ahead to stay, 49-48. Notre Dame's Tracy Jackson missed a 20-footer with eight seconds left and Foster was fouled.
Foster, a 91 percent free throw shooter, made both ends of a one-and-one with five seconds left to give UCLA its 14th victory in 18 games.
The loss was Notre Dame's fourth in 20 games this season and ended a 13-game home court winning streak. It also gave the Bruins a sweep of the home-and-home series. The Bruins won the season opener at Pauley Pavilion, 94-81.
Neither team made a field goal in the final seven minutes.
Kelly Tripucka, who led all scorers with 18 points, made one of two free throws to give the Irish a 48-46 lead with 2:18 left. Darren Daye, who scored 11 points, made two free throws with 1:56 left to tie the game for UCLA.
The game seesawed from the opening tipoff. Behind the shooting of Mike Sanders, who scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half, the Bruins opened a 26-16 lead with 6:17 left in the half.
But Notre Dame scored eight straight points to close to 26-24 at halftime.