Jerome Moiso put in a left-handed bank shot off the glass with 43 seconds remaining last night and No. 23 UCLA held off upset-minded Pepperdine, 68-66, in Los Angeles.
The Waves had a chance to force overtime, but Craig Lewis's rebound of a three-point miss by David Lalazarian was waved off by referee Bruce Hicks as too late.
The Waves were stunned and a furious Lalazarian, shouting all the way, chased Hicks off the court before being restrained. Pepperdine Coach Jan van Breda Kolff charged across the halfcourt line, but the referees were already off the court.
Moiso tied the game at 65 with 1:28 left. After Lewis hit one of two free throws to put Pepperdine ahead by one, Moiso banked in the go-ahead basket.
Kelvin Gibbs missed a shot over 6-foot-11 Dan Gadzuric and Moiso grabbed the rebound. He was fouled and made one of two free throws with 23 seconds left.
Moiso led the Bruins (7-2) with 15 points in their first meeting with Pepperdine since 1991. The Waves (8-4) have lost all eight of their games at Pauley Pavilion.
DEPAUL 71, MEMPHIS 65: Quentin Richardson had 22 points and 14 rebounds in the Conference USA opener for both teams in Memphis.
Richardson, who was 7 of 16 from the field, hit two big baskets in the final two minutes as No. 24 DePaul (9-3) pulled away.
The teams exchanged leads midway through the second half and Memphis (6-7) held a one-point lead when Paris London hit a five-foot fallaway shot with 3 minutes 24 seconds left. But DePaul survived, behind Richardson and 5-of-6 free throw shooting by Rashon Burno over the final 1:38.
ARIZONA 66, UNC WILMINGTON 51: Jason Gardner scored all 12 of his points in the second half, helping the No. 5 Wildcats in Tucson.
The Wildcats (10-2) used a steady diet of free throws--outscoring the Seahawks 26-3 from the line--to pull away. Two three-pointers by Gardner were Arizona's only field goals during a seven-minute stretch in the second half.
But Arizona still went on a 20-3 run that began during the cold stretch, opening a 62-41 lead on a layup by Gardner with 3:32 remaining, to win the first-round game in the Bank One Fiesta Bowl Classic and advance to meet Delaware, which beat Alabama, 76-66, for the championship on Thursday.
FLORIDA 113, VMI 68: Freshman Bret Nelson finished with 19 points to help the host No. 6 Gators (10-1) to their eighth straight win.
Considered the best high school prospect to come out of West Virginia since Jerry West, Nelson shot 7 for 7 and finished with five assists and seven steals.
INDIANA 79, HOLY CROSS 44: Kirk Haston scored 16 points to lead the No. 12 Hoosiers in the championship game of the 18th Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis.
Lynn Washington scored 12 points and Michael Lewis and Jeffrey Newton added 10 apiece as the Hoosiers (10-1) improved to 36-0 in the Classic.
UTAH 87, OREGON ST. 77: Hanno Mottola scored 29 points, including Utah's first 12 of the game, to lead the 21st-ranked Utes in Salt Lake City.
TEXAS 85, NIAGARA 48: Seven-foot center Chris Mihm had 22 points and 14 rebounds as No. 18 Texas fought off a cold-shooting first half to win in Austin, Tex.
The Longhorns (7-3) held Niagara without a field goal for nearly 15 minutes in the first half to take control of the game. Gabe Muoneke had 14 points and William Clay added 12 for Texas.
MICHIGAN ST. 96, MISS. VALLEY ST. 63: Morris Peterson scored 22 points as the No. 8 Spartans cruised at home. Peterson hit three three-pointers and a layup as Michigan State (9-3) built a 16-0 lead five minutes into the contest.
TULSA 81, MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY 60: Greg Harrington made consecutive three-pointers and Tony Heard added another as No. 25 Tulsa opened the second half with a 15-0 run at home.
Tulsa (12-1) led 36-21 at halftime and quickly doubled the margin in crushing the Kangaroos (5-6). Missouri-Kansas City got no closer than 19 thereafter.
ILLINOIS 97, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 47: Brian Cook and Marcus Griffin each scored 18 points as the No. 20 Illini overcame an early seven-point deficit to win handily in Champaign, Ill.