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Lights went out at Sports Arena; UCLA leads Texas by six

December 3, 2011 |  2:53 pm


With UCLA leading Texas, 30-19, in the first half Saturday at the Sports Arena, the lights went out on the court because of a power surge.

After about a 12-minute delay, Texas forward Alexis Wangmene, who was about to shoot free throws when the court went dark, made both those shots and Texas also scored the last five points of the half to cut the Bruins' lead to 34-28.

After a Texas timeout with 1:17 left in the half, backup center Clint Chapman made a layup with 58.4 seconds left and after a Reeves Nelson miss, J'Covan Brown nailed a three-pointer with 38.7 seconds left. UCLA''s Tyler Lamb saw his layup at the buzzer just sitting on the edge of the rim before it fell away.

Brown had 11 points to lead the Longhorns at the half. Lazeric Jones had nine to lead the Bruins.

UCLA had taken a 32-21 lead on two Josh Smith free throws with 3:12 left in the half and a layup by Smith finished the scoring for the Bruins in the half.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Play resumes between UCLA and Texas at the Sports Arena on Saturday afternoon following a temporary power outage. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images