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Hofstra veteran guards hand UCLA first loss of the season

The UCLA Bruins looked to continue their strong start on the season hosting the Hofstra Pride at Pauley Pavillion. The Bruins are 4-0 for the second straight season behind 6’9 Junior guard Chris Smith’s team leading 15.5 points on the season, but were stunned and defeated by the east coast team 88-78 Thursday night.   Coming into the contest the Bruins were 12.5 point favorites over Hofstra University from Long Island, New York. The game would quietly and quickly shaped up to be more competitive than the pregame odds had established.  “I couldn’t be more proud of these two guys (Desure

UCLA rout UC Santa Barbara with intense second half defense

UCLA improved to 2-0 in large part of a second-half surge, defeating UC Santa Barbara at the Pauley Pavilion 77-61. From the opening tip-off, the contest shaped up to be a carbon copy of the previous sluggish start against Long Beach State University. The second half defense propelled the Bruins to a victory against LBSU, and history repeated itself against UCSB. “Really happy with our effort in the second half, 17 deflections. They’re a hard team to turn over because they’re a veteran team with veteran guards. I thought our defensive intensity definitely changed and we actually made a few

Utah shocks UCLA 93-92 with 3-point buzzer beater

The UCLA Bruins held a 22-point lead and were in cruise control, clinging to snap a   three-game losing streak. In an instance, the unthinkable happen and Pauley Pavilion was at a loss for words when watching what had just taken place. Utah’s Parker Van Dyke buried a heavily contested NBA range 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Utes it’s only lead of the game as the time expired. Van Dykes fifth three-point basket of the game capped a 23-9 run in the final 2:45 of play and Utah went on to steal a 93-92 victory over UCLA on Saturday.

Wilkes posts career-night; routing Arizona 90-69 in Pauley Pavilion

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sat along court side and cheered on his alma mater. The UCLA legend also took a photo with freshman 7-foot center Moses Brown, serving as an inspiration for the Bruins highly touted Five-star recruit. “That was my first-time meeting , I always wanted to meet him,” Brown said. “We had a lot of things in common. He told me to keep up the good work.” Abdul-Jabbar was honored at halftime with his several of his teammates from the 1969 championship team with a barrage of cheers. UCLA ultimately used the loud and energetic crowd to route Arizona 90-69