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Happy Holidays

Hey folks,

Just dropping by to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and many thanks for stopping by on a regular basis around here. I know there are a lot of options out there for UCLA info, and I truly appreciate the readership. Hope you are all with loved ones and eating big meals of merriment and cholesterol.

Happy Holidays!
Your loving, cherubic, bearded blog host

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UCLA rejects Richmond with 71-63 win

Late in the second half of UCLA’s last non-conference tune-up on Friday night, a man dropped to his knee and proposed to his girlfriend at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

She said no.

It was only the second biggest rejection of the evening.

UCLA sophomore forward Travis Wear blocked a Kendell Anthony attempt with a six-point lead and 1 minute, 16 seconds left in the game immediately after scoring on a crucial rebound-and-putback, and the Bruins preserved their fifth straight win with a 71-63 victory over Richmond.

“That was a very good win for us,” UCLA head coach Ben Howland said. “A very important win. That’s a hard team to play against – their style of play and their strategies, you don’t see that often. That really caused us problems early.”

Richmond made 6-of-10 shots to start the game as its Princeton offense caused fits against UCLA’s man-to-man defense before the Bruins switched to a zone, and the Spiders went ice cold, making just one of their next 14 shots. UCLA trailed 14-5 and 21-12 but a late-first-half spurt allowed the Bruins to tie it at 24 at the half.

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UCLA/Richmond tied at 24 at the half

For about 14 minutes, it looked as if UCLA came down with a debilitating case of arachnophobia against the Richmond Spiders in the first half tonight at the Sports Arena.

Richmond’s Princeton offense gave UCLA’s man-to-man defense fits and caused the Bruins to be tentative and ineffectual on defense, and the Spiders went up 14-5 and then 21-12.

But the Bruins’ switch to a zone defense paid off, and after making 6-of-10 shots to start the game, Richmond made just two of its next 16, and UCLA came back to tie it at 24 going into halftime on a David Wear shot from the side.

Wear and Lazeric Jones lead the Bruins with eight points each – and four others have two – but UCLA has a 25-17 rebounding advantage over Richmond. UCLA’s Joshua Smith, Tyler Lamb, Jerime Anderson, Norman Powell combined for 4-of-20 shooting at the half.

Darien Brothers has 11 and Derrick Williams has nine for the Spiders, who shot 8-for-26 to start the half.

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UCLA signs offensive lineman

From UCLA:

Head football coach Jim Mora has announced the signing of Russian offensive lineman Alexandru Ceachir, a junior college lineman from Santa Monica CC. This is the first signee of the Mora era.

The 6-5/300 lb. lineman hails from Moldova, a country located between Romania and the Ukraine. He graduated from high school in the Spring of 2009 and then headed to Santa Monica CC in 2010. While at SMCC in 2011, he played tackle and earned first-team American Pacific Conference honors. Ceachir also helped lead SMCC to their first conference championship in 20 years.

Ceachir is a highly touted recruit that had offers from many schools including Utah, Colorado, Arkansas and Ole Miss.

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