Darren Collison had no doubt Eric Maynor would take the last shot. All he had to do was make sure it didn't go in.
Video: Hear from UCLA after avoiding VCU's upset bid and pulling off a 65-64 win in Philly.
Collison refused to yield in the final seconds, pressuring Maynor into missing a 17-footer at the buzzer to give UCLA a 65-64 victory over VCU on Thursday night in the opening round of the East Regional.
The Bruins (26-8) kept alive their hopes of a fourth straight trip to the Final Four, advancing to play Villanova (27-7) on Saturday.
"Everybody knew he was going to take that last shot," Collison said. "I mean, it's his team. There's a lot of pressure on him to get the job done. There's a lot of pressure on myself to get a stop. When he tried to get me up in the air, I just had a good contest."
Josh Shipp scored 16, Jrue Holiday had 13 and three others scored in double figures for the sixth-seeded Bruins.