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Controversy accompanies Bruins' rally

LOS ANGELES — Josh Shipp hit a rainbow jumper, apparently over the backboard, with 1.5 seconds left to help rally No.  3 UCLA from an 11-point deficit to an 81-80 win over California on Saturday.

UCLA's school-record 28th regular-season victory was in jeopardy until the end. The Bruins trailed by four with 31 seconds left, then freshman Kevin Love hit a 3-pointer off an inbounds pass from Darren Collison to make it 80-79.

Cal's Ryan Anderson was stripped in the left corner by Russell Westbrook, and the Bruins got it to Shipp, who was falling out of bounds when he put up a one-handed floater along the right baseline.

"Lucky I play H-O-R-S-E," Shipp said. "It was definitely a desperation shot. I've never seen anything like that. It's one of those movie shots."

Whether the shot was legal sparked debate.

NCAA Rule 7, Section 1, Article 3 states, "The ball shall be out of bounds when it passes over the backboard from any direction."

Bill McCabe, the Pac-10 supervisor of officials who attended, said he spoke to the officiating crew of Dave Libbey, Don McAlister and Tom Wood. "The officials said it was too close to call," he said.

Cal coach Ben Braun and his team were more angry a foul wasn't called during Westbrook's steal.

"I feel bad for our guys," Braun said. "Anderson was fouled, but they didn't call it."

NO.  2 MEMPHIS 94, UAB 56: Joey Dorsey had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the host Tigers won their fourth straight since losing to Tennessee.

NO.  5 KANSAS 72, TEXAS A&M 55: The visiting Jayhawks clinched at least a share of their fourth straight Big 12 regular-season title.

USC 77, NO.  7 STANFORD: Freshman O.J. Mayo had 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the host Trojans, who have won five of six.

NO.  8 XAVIER 86, RICHMOND 61: B.J. Raymond scored a career-high 22 and the host Musketeers made a season-high 36 free throws.

NO.  10 WIS. 65, N'WESTERN 52: The visiting Badgers clinched the Big Ten regular-season title with a strong second half.

NO.  14 BUTLER 66, ILL.-CHICAGO 50: Mike Green scored 19 and took control during a late first-half run that carried the Bulldogs to the Horizon League tournament semifinals in Indianapolis.

NO.  20 DRAKE 75, CREIGHTON 67: The Bulldogs reached their first Missouri Valley Conference tournament final in St. Louis.

NO.  25 DAVIDSON 82, WOFFORD 49: The Wildcats won their 20th straight in a Southern Conference tournament quarterfinal in North Charleston, S.C.


SSC TOURNAMENT: Chris Evans had a school-record 10 blocks as No.  3 seed Tampa (20-7) beat No.  7 Saint Leo (14-15) 75-55 to reach the tournament final at 1 today in Tampa. The Spartans face top seed Florida Southern, which beat Lynn 76-62.


BAYLOR 86, TEXAS TECH 73: LaceDarius Dunn scored a career-high 38, including six of the visiting Bears' eight 3-pointers.

OKLA. 75, MISSOURI 66: The host Sooners clinched a first-round bye in the Big 12 tournament.

KANSAS ST. 73, IOWA ST. 69: Jacob Pullen scored 19 and the Wildcats snapped a five-game road skid.

ILLINOIS 67, MINN. 58: Trent Meacham hit a key 3-pointer late as the host Illini withstood a rally.

ARIZ. ST. 77, OREGON ST. 64: The host Beavers became the first team to go winless in the Pac-10.

CONFERENCE FINALS: Belmont reached its third straight NCAA Tournament with a 79-61 win over Jacksonville for the Atlantic Sun championship in Nashville. Also in Nashville, Austin Peay earned its sixth NCAA berth by beating Tennessee State 82-64 for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament title. And Michael Jenkins tied a Big South title-game record with 33 points as Winthrop beat host UNC Asheville 66-48 for its fourth straight title.

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