UCLA suffers third loss in 80-77 decision to Wake Forest

UCLA’s 80-77 loss to Wake Forest on Wednesday night marked the Bruins’ worst opening month in four years.

For the first time since 2011, the team suffered its third loss before the end of November, falling to fourth place in the Maui Invitational. UCLA (3-3) closed its deficit to 70-69 with 4:32 left in the game, but couldn’t find the basket again until the final minute.

The Demon Deacons’ biggest edge came at the free-throw line, where they made 30 of an astounding 42 attempts — though 14 came in the last 62 seconds. The Bruins hit 8 of 14. Center Thomas Welsh and freshman guard Aaron Holiday both fouled out while trying to stop the clock late.

“I’ve been doing this 25 years,” Alford said. “I’ve been on the short end of a lot of things. I’ve never had an experience where I’ve had a team get out-shot 42-14 at the free-throw line. That was the difference in the game.” Continue reading

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Wake Forest QB Brendan Cross transferring to UCLA

Per CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Wake Forest quarterback Brendan Cross will graduate in May and enroll in graduate school at UCLA. He will be eligible to play immediately.

The son of former UCLA great and College Football Hall of Famer Randy Cross, Brendan completed five of his 14 passes over three seasons with the Demon Deacons. A former three-star recruit on Rivals.com, Cross will enter a still-open competition for backup quarterback.

Through spring, Jerry Neuheisel and T.J. Millweard have more or less taken turns in having better practices. Walk-on Mike Fafaul is also in the mix, and four-star freshman Asiantii Woulard will arrive in the fall.

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