Thursday, November 26, 2015

UCLA can't bump Wake Forest, loses 80-77 to settle for 4th place trinket at Lahaina

Tony Parker totaled 18 points and 15 rebounds in UCLA's 80-77 loss (photo by Al Sermeno)
UCLA Athletics

UCLA Edged by Wake Forest, 80-77
By: UCLA Athletics
LAHAINA, Hawaii - Tony Parker totaled 18 points and 15 rebounds as UCLA dropped an 80-77 decision to Wake Forest in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational’s third-place game on Wednesday.
Isaac Hamilton registered 18 points, while Bryce Alford scored 14 and Thomas Welsh finished with 10 for the Bruins (3-3).
Wake Forest (4-2) trailed by as many as five points in the first half, but secured a 42-35 lead at the break and never trailed in the second half.
Devin Thomas totaled a game-high 21 points and added nine rebounds for Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons also received 16 points from Cornelius Hudson, 15 from Mitchell Wilbekin and 14 from Dinos Mitoglou.
Playing their third game in as many days, the Bruins saw Wake Forest push its lead to as many as 10 points late in the first half and again to nine points early in the second half. UCLA trailed 56-48 with 13:08 remaining and cut Wake Forest’s cushion to one point – 58-57 – with 10:04 to play.
From there, the Bruins trailed by as many as seven points with 6:54 remaining and cut Wake Forest's advantage back to one – 70-69 – on a jump shot from Thomas Welsh at the 4:32 mark.
Wake Forest had a one-minute stretch in the closing minutes where the team nailed 9 of 11 free throws to take control of the game in the final 20 seconds.
In all, Wake Forest made 30 of 42 free throws, converting at a 71.4 percent clip. UCLA out-rebounded the Demon Deacons by a 45-37 margin and made 8 of 14 free throws (57.1 percent).
UCLA will return to action against CSUN (2-4) in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Nov. 29. Game time is 4 p.m. The Bruins’ game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.
Game Notes: Isaac Hamilton averaged a team-leading 14.7 points in three games in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, making 19 of 31 shots (61.3 percent) … Tony Parker has averaged a team-leading 12.3 rebounds per game in six regular-season contests and recorded his fourth double-double this season … in the three-day Maui Invitational, Parker logged 11.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

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