Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:40

Bruins Lose To Creighton

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Holiday A CreightonUCLA (3-1) dropped their first game of the year to a very good Creighton (4-0) team in Kansas City, MO., in the Hall Of Fame Classic. The Bluejays were able to notch the win even though Aaron Holiday had a game and career-high 25 points.

In total four Bruins scored in double figures. Thomas Welsh had his third consecutive double-double scoring 16 points and landing 13 boards while battling foul trouble. Kris Wilkes scored 15 points.

Prince Ali had a career-high 18 points off the bench, but that was about it from the Bruin subs as the Bluejays outscored UCLA 40-27 with their bench players.

“They’re very good basketball team,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “My hat goes off to Creighton. They are really good, in particular, offensively.

“There were a lot of hard matchups, and we had some young guys playing, but this will be a good lesson as we go back and watch tape, to continue to work on what we have to do defensively because I thought that was really the key. We just couldn’t put together any stops of matter that could get us over the hump.

“Offensively, we did a lot of good things – 17 assists, 7 turnovers, we shot the ball pretty well. We had inside out going like we wanted to get. We just couldn’t get the stops, that was the big key.”

It was very apparent that the young Bruins need to work on their defense. The Bluejays had five players that scored in double figures led Marcus Foster’s 23 points.

Mitch Ballack had 22 points off the bench for Creighton, including 4-9 from beyond the three-point stripe. Stellar on the defensive end, Khyri Thomas did some scoring, too, chipping in 16 for the cause. Davion Mintz added 10 points and Ty-Shon Alexander scored 12 points off the bench.

The Bruins never were closer than five points in the second-half now back to the drawing board, but what is becoming customary for UCLA in 2017-18, the Bruins will be playing Wisconsin (2-2) on a very short turn around at 4:30 PM PST Tuesday, November 21. The game will be televised ESPN3.

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