December 11, 1976 - The first nonconference loss at Pauley Pavilion for UCLA

By Olson

#7 Notre Dame won for the first time at Pauley Pavilion vs #3 UCLA 66-63. The Irish victory snapped the Bruins 115 game non conference home winning streak at Pauley Pavilion.

Donald 'Duck' Willams lead the Irish in scoring with 22 pts (11 for 16 from the field). ND frosh guard Rich Branning from nearby Huntington Beach also played Guard for the Irish that day....Branning would never lose a game at Pauley vs UCLA during his Irish career = 4 wins (1976, 77, 78, 79).

After the game, Digger told the TV cameras for the students to be at Main Circle when the team returned. The students and band responded, celebrating with the team as finals were beginning.

Keywords: basketball, ucla, pauley pavilion, donald williams, rich branning

Posted On: 2015-01-16 00:25:02 by Olson


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