“We’d been shooting well in practice,” Howland said. “Everybody on the team, two days ago, made at least 40 out of 50, shooting two at a time, shooting in game condition, shooting with a routine.” But even the practice routine didn’t make the Bruins a great free-throw shooting team. UCLA ranks ninth in the Pac-10 at 65.5 percent. When UCLA was performing horrifically from the free-throw line early in the season, Bruins coach Ben Howland instituted more free-throw shooting into practices, and the Bruins improved their shooting. So after Thursday’s Shaq-like debacle from the foul line, Howland was surprised. UCLA made a ghastly 15 of 29 free-throw attempts, a figure made more damaging by the fact the top-seeded Bruins fell to No. 8 seed Cal 76-69 in overtime in the quarterfinals of the Pacific-10 Tournament on Thursday at Staples Center. Against the Bears, UCLA started poorly when Arron Afflalo, a 79.2 percent free-throw shooter, missed his first two attempts in the opening minute, and finished 1for4. But the main culprit was power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. He was shooting 59.3 percent from the line, but went 3 of 9 against the Bears. “Luc was 39 of 50 (in practice Wednesday), and I say you have to make 40 before you can go,” Howland said. “So he actually made 79 out of 100 in our practice.” Howland said the course of the game could have played a factor in the woes. UCLA used a lot of energy to rally from a 16-point first-half deficit, then shot 13 of 25 from the line in the second half and overtime. “If you look at it from a coach’s standpoint, it’s fatigue,” Howland said. “The second half, we were missing a lot of foul shots. And Arron missed two to start the game. That’s surprising. That’s not a good way to start off. But the fatigue factor of having to fight back, and you’re a little more gassed. So we’re not shooting foul shots in practice as fatigued as we were today.” Three is no charm: Cal’s bench held a 17-6 scoring advantage. In fact, center/power forward Alfred Aboya (six points) was UCLA’s only non-starter to score. It also marked the third straight game wing Michael Roll did not score. “You definitely go back and think about (shots), and how you jeopardize (a win),” Roll said. “I only had two shots in the first half, but at this point every shot counts.” Roll, who was averaging 5.6 points per game after scoring six on Feb. 24 against Stanford, is 0 for 6 in 36 minutes during the past three games. Howland honored: Howland was named the District 15 National Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year. UCLA finished the regular season 26-4, and won the Pac-10 regular season title for the second consecutive season. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!