UCLA’s Tyler Trapani (Wooden’s Great-Grand Son) Scores Final Bucket In Pauley Pavilion
The UCLA men’s basketball team played it’s final home game in Pauley Pavilion this past saturday, and got a little divine intervention in the process as Tyler Trapani, John Wooden’s great-grand son, wound up scoring the final bucket in the historic arena.
Pauley is scheduled to be closed for the next 18 months as a part of a more than $100 million renovation, with the Bruins slated to return to the new arena of the 2012-13 season.
It’s fitting that in the final game in the house that Wooden built (with his 10 national titles), that a Wooden ends up putting the last points on the board in a win.
Trapani had never scored a single point in his Bruin career, but it was obvious how important he is to the program, when UCLA coach Ben Howland was spotted numerous times shedding tears of joy following a little divine intervention from the greatest coach in the history of sports.
The 2010-11 season was UCLA’s first without Coach Wooden, who passed away last June, and the Bruins have done much to honor Wooden’s legacy throughout the course of the season.
Video of Trapani’s divine bucket, and Coach Howland’s teary-eyed postgame press conference, after the jump…