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Texas surges in second half, beats UCLA

December 3, 2011 |  3:48 pm

Ucla-texas2_325UCLA, which led by as many as 11 points in the first half, fell behind for the first time with 14 minutes 38 seconds left in the second half and lost to Texas, 69-59, on Saturday at the Sports Arena.

The Bruins (2-5) had once led 30-19 over the Longhorns (5-2) and were still ahead by six at halftime though Texas scored  five points in the final minute of the half.

Texas seemed to gain momentum after the lights  over the court went out for more than 11 minutes in the first half.

The Longhorns' leading scorer, J'Covan Brown, hit a three-pointer to put Texas ahead 63-53 with less than four minutes to go.

As  UCLA's lead dwindled in the second half, a group of fans started chanting the name of Reeves Nelson, who has been spending large amounts of time on the bench since being suspended for insubordinate behavior last month. Nelson played only 12 minutes and was scoreless in the loss.

Lazeric Jones led UCLA with 21 points and  Brown had 22 for Texas.

The Bruins missed 10 of  20 free throws in the 10-point loss.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: UCLA guard Lazeric Jones has his shot challenged by Texas guard Julien Lewis in the first half Saturday at the Sports Arena. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / US Presswire