Saturday, November 23, 2019

UCLA Falls to Hofstra, 88-78. Bruins drop to 4-1.

Pac-12 Networks - UCLA men's basketball fell to Hofstra 88-78 for its first loss of the season on Thursday. The defeat came despite Jalen Hill's career-high 24 points. Hill also added 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the year. But it was not enough to get past Hofstra, which got its first-ever win against a Pac-12 opponent. The loss drops UCLA to 4-1 on the young season. The Bruins will get back in action on Monday when they take on BYU.


LOS ANGELES – Redshirt sophomore Jalen Hill totaled a career-high 24 points and finished with 12 rebounds as the UCLA men's basketball team lost to Hofstra, 88-78, Thursday night in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.

The Bruins (4-1) tallied a 42-12 scoring advantage in the paint, as Hill was supported by redshirt sophomore Cody Riley (12 points) and junior Chris Smith (12 points).

Hill scored at least 20 points for the second time this season, eclipsing a 22-point total from a game against UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 10.

Hofstra was led by guards Desure Buie (29 points) and Jalen Ray (27). In addition, Eli Pemberton (15 points) and Tareq Coburn (10 points) also scored in double figures for Hofstra (3-2), in the first meeting between these two programs since the 2001 NCAA Tournament.

Hofstra shot 50 percent from 3-point range, sinking 12 of 24 long-range shots. In addition, the Pride made 24 of 30 free throw attempts, including a perfect 13-for-13 from Buie.

"They're obviously not a big team, so we knew we could score the ball in the paint," said Mick Cronin, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach. "We struggled mightily early in the game, turning the ball over. They made it a game when they started pinching off the paint a little bit. We missed some wide-open looks, but offense wasn't our problem."

UCLA made 12 of its first 17 shots, establishing a 32-19 lead with 8:14 to go in the first half.

Hofstra answered by scoring the next 10 points and eventually trimmed UCLA's cushion to just one point at halftime, 42-41. Pemberton led Hofstra with 13 points through the first half, while Hill scored a team-leading 12 points before halftime for the Bruins. UCLA tallied 14 assists on their 16 first-half baskets.

Hofstra scored to open the second half, taking its first lead since the 17:25 mark of the opening stanza. The game's lead changed hands twice more in the second half. Hofstra used a 13-4 scoring run to take an 82-72 lead in the game's final three minutes.

The Bruins' bench accounted for 21 points, while Hofstra's reserves scored just two. Freshman Jake Kyman scored his first six points as a Bruin on a pair of first-half 3-pointers. In all, eight UCLA players scored two or more points.

UCLA will return to action at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational next week (complete schedule here), opening against BYU on Monday, Nov. 25. UCLA's game will begin at 6:30 p.m. Hawaii time (8:30 p.m. PT). The game will be televised on ESPN2, live from the Lahaina Civic Center (Lahaina, Hawai'i).

The Bruins will face either Kansas or Chaminade University on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The other four teams in this season's Maui Jim Maui Invitational include Dayton, Georgia, Michigan State and Virginia Tech.

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