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UCLA guard Aaron Holiday costs team with late-game meltdown in First Four game

The Sports Daily logo The Sports Daily 3/14/2018 Matt Birch
a man holding a basketball: Mar 13, 2018; Dayton, OH, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Aaron Holiday (3) reacts to a play in the second half against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies during the First Four of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Dayton Arena. © Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Mar 13, 2018; Dayton, OH, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Aaron Holiday (3) reacts to a play in the second half against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies during the First Four of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Dayton Arena.

It’s not about how a team starts, but how they finish, and the UCLA Bruins did not do that well in Tuesday’s First Four game against St. Bonaventure in Dayton, Ohio.

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Bruins guard Aaron Holiday was a big reason for their woes, as he committed some costly turnovers in the final minute of the game, which really hurt his team. Holiday finished the game with 11 turnovers — two of which came at key moments in the matchup.

Holiday tied the game at 58 via a pair of free throws with just over a minute remaining, but it was all downhill from there. He committed a turnover on the team’s next offensive possession, and followed that up with an offensive foul on the one that followed. The Bruins then found themselves down five points with 20 seconds left, and looked to Holiday to cut into the deficit, but instead, he committed another offensive foul before even getting a shot off, which you can see below.

That foul was Holiday’s fifth, so it was a brutal end to his late-game meltdown. Not only that, the Twitterverse added insult to injury by reacting to what happened.

That’s a rough way for Holiday to (likely) end his collegiate career. As for St. Bonaventure, the team will square off against Florida on Thursday night.

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