As the 2011 NCAA Tournament advanced into the round of 32, we were left with a pair of teams that included Northern California natives. The UCLA Bruins battled the Florida Gators this morning with Modesto native Reeves Nelson and Rocklin native Brendan Lane. The San Diego State Aztecs just wrapped up their round of 32 matchup with the Temple Owls, which included a strong effort from Sacramento native Chase Tapley.
The Bruins were an underdog heading into their game with Florida, but they managed to hang with the Gators for much of the game. Florida eventually pulled away for the 73-65 win, but they had to battle for it. Reeves Nelson (Modesto) was a key to keeping UCLA in the game. He finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Nelson finished the 2010-2011 season averaging 13.9 points per game and 9 rebounds per game. It will be interesting to see whether or not he returns to UCLA next season.
The San Diego State Aztecs managed to escape with a victory over the Temple Owls in double overtime, winning 71-64. Sacramento’s Chase Tapley finished the game with 12 points, 2 steals, 1 assist and 1 rebound. Additionally he had a shot at the end of regulation to win that just missed. The Aztecs advance to face the winner of Connecticut and Cincinnati in the Sweet 16.