SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Arron Afflalo made all ten of his free throws and UCLA shot 23-for-26 from the line to knock off Pittsburgh 64-55 in the West Regional semifinals.
The defensive struggle was decided at the free-throw line. The second-seeded Bruins were able to win at the line, scoring 12 of their final 18 points on foul shots to advance to play Kansas in Saturday's regional final in a matchup of two of college basketball's most storied teams. The top-seeded Jayhawks beat Southern Illinois 61-58 in the first game in San Jose.
Afflalo finished with 17 points. Josh Shipp added 16 and Darren Collison had 12 as the Bruins advanced to regional finals in consecutive years for the first time since 1979-80.
Pitt finished 29-8.
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