UCLA links: Short-handed Bruins survive in overtime

UCLA center Thomas Welsh #40 drives to the hoop against Central Arkansas forward Tanner Schmit #22. UCLAwon 106-101 in overtime. (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Steve Alford walked into the media room at Pauley Pavilion at 11 a.m. on Wednesday as part of a press conference to address the fates of the three freshmen who were arrested in China for shoplifting last week. Twelve hours, three indefinite suspensions and a 106-101 overtime victory against Central Arkansas later, the UCLA men’s basketball head coach walked out of the media room again after commending the Bruins for surviving the scrappy Southland Conference team in UCLA’s home opener.

“It’s not about excuses, it’s about there’s a game today, there’s a practice today, and we gotta get better. That sounds great, but it’s not always easy,” Alford said. “That’s why I appreciate what they’ve done.”

More from UCLA’s win over Central Arkansas, which was the first opponent to score more than 100 points against the Bruins since 2004.

Other links from a busy Wednesday in Westwood:

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  • FightOn!

    The sure handed Bruins steal another victory! Nicely done