layer Oliver Wilson and former BMW PGA champion Simon Khan face an uncertain future after missing out along with five-time
FULLERTON, Calif. -- UCLA senior guard Bryce Alford wants the ball in his hands during critical moments at the end of games. He had it, and he delivered, scoring 14 of his 18 points in the second half to pace the No. 14 Bruins to a 82-71 victory over Nebraska in the Wooden Legacy semifinals Friday at Cal State Fullerton.The Bruins (6-0) will play Texas A&M in Sundays championship game at the Honda Center in Anaheim.Alford made a 3-pointer with 1:02 left to give UCLA a 77-66 lead. He made all four of his free throws after that. Isaac Hamilton scored 15 points and Lonzo Ball added 13 for UCLA. Center Thomas Welsh had his fourth double double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds.As a basketball player, those are the kind of moments you live for, Bryce Alford said. Thats something Ive always prided myself on, being a closer ... Its about making smart plays down the stretch to help our team win games. I put (us) in a position to do that tonight.Nebraska (4-1) was led by Glynn Watson Jr., who scored a game-high 27 points.The Bruins led 38-25 at halftime and on the first play of the second half, star freshman guard Ball wowed as he converted an alleyoop dunk with a pass from T.J. Leaf. He had many more highlight-reel plays after that. Midway through the second half, he tried to convert an alleyoop pass that was just off the mark into a basket. It didnt fall, but he tipped in his own miss for the score.Nebraska made just 10 of 35 shots in the first half for a dismal 28.6 field-goal percentage. The Cornhuskers made just one 3-pointer and shot 12.5 percent from long range. Nebraska cut the lead to two points at 58-56 on a 3-pointer from Watson Jr., but it would never get closer.I felt like we were very tentative in the first half, Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. Thats not like us. I thought the second half was more of a snapshot of what were like. But every time got the game down to 2 or 3, they answered. Alford made some tough shots. (Aaron) Holiday made some tough shots. They hurt us. We didnt get enough outside shooting.Ball left the game with four fouls for a 3:03-span but came back with 4:58 left in the game and then fouled out.BIG PICTURENebraska: The Cornhuskers lost for just the first time this season in playing one of the countrys top teams. The third-place game wont be easy, but Nebraska has an extra day to prepare for Virginia Tech.UCLA: The Bruins played on national television but perhaps didnt make many inroads with the East Coast audience as the game started at 12 a.m., EST. The Wooden Legacy championship game is at a much more viewer-friendly hour at 8:30 p.m. EST on Sunday.UP NEXTNebraska plays Virginia Tech in the third-place game on Sunday. Theyll have work to do in preparing for a physical team that just suffered its first loss of the season as well.UCLA gets one day off before playing in the championship game against Texas A&M on Sunday. The Bruins are playing in the final of the tournament named after Wooden, who won 10 national championships in Westwood. No pressure.POLL IMPLICATIONSUCLA cemented its status as a top-15 team by surviving its first real test of the season against a Big Ten Conference team.STAT OF THE NIGHTUCLA is 4-0 in the all-time series against Texas A&M. The teams last played in the Wooden Classic in 2006 and 2008. Both of those games were decided by three points or less.HE SAIDNebraska lost its first game of the season but is scheduled to be at the happiest place on earth on Saturday -- Disneyland -- before playing Virginia Tech for third place on Sunday.... We have to bounce back. We cant hang our heads. (Saturday), we can mope around and hang out with Goofy and Minney and Mickey, thats fine, but on Sunday we need to be ready to go in and go to battle.-- Nebraska coach Tim MilesHE SAID WHAT?On Thursday night, Lonzo Balls father, LaVar Ball, guaranteed in a nationally-televised interview that UCLA would win the national championship. Asked how he felt about that, the freshman said: Im thankful for him. Thats how he is. Loud and to the point. Im his son, so why wouldnt he want the best for me? Mike Williams Womens Jersey. It was just business as usual for the Thunder at home. Durant scored 32 points and the Thunder beat the Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night for their eighth straight win. Rayshawn Jenkins Womens Jersey. The Islanders dealt Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens after less than a year on Long Island. Meanwhile, the Oilers dealt long-time sniper Ales hemsky to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-rounder in 2015. - The Montreal Canadiens embark on their first road trip of the season as they head out west to battle the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Forrest Lamp Youth - Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer were easy first-round winners Tuesday at the Australian Open. Forrest Lamp Chargers Jersey. The 19-year-old Olsen played 34 games with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL this season. In that time, hes recorded 17 goals and 17 assists with 36 penalty minutes.YE Yang, Edoardo Molinari and Eddie Pepperell retained their European Tour cards as Nathan Kimsey claimed victory in the final stage of Qualifying School after a marathon six days in Girona. Kimsey became only the second player in history to come through all three stages and win the finale at PGA Catalunya after a closing 70 sealed a one-stroke triumph. Six months half price Upgrade to Sky Sports to watch Man Utd v Arsenal on Saturday and get the first six months half price The young Englishman birdied two of the final four holes to cap a remarkable effort in which he played a total of 252 holes, and he topped the list of 30 players who earned their cards for the 2017 season. Nathan Kimsey is crowned champion after a marathon 252 holes of qualifying I have no words, said Kimsey, 23. I was just trying to keep the nerves down and keep calm, keep making good swings, find greens and make it easy for myself just to stay in the top 25 - I couldnt have even thought about winning at all.Becoming a European Tour player means everything right now. Having to come through from first stage after not the best of years and to get a full card, its crazy to think Ive done it. Edoardo Molinari tied for second despite an erratic final round Former Ryder Cup star Molinari recovered from an early double-bogey at the second to grind out a 74 which proved enough for a share of second with Scott Henry and veteran Ricardo Gonzalez, who became the oldest Qualifying School graduate in history.The 47-year-old Argentine put together a flawless final-round 64, making four birdies and an eagle in a back-nine 30 on a day when only two other players kept a bogey ooff their cards.dddddddddddd Eddie Pepperell was relieved to retain his European Tour card Pepperell slipped outside the top 110 on the Race to Dubai with a poor finish to his last round in the final event of the regular season in Portugal, but he regained his card with a solid 71 to claim a share of fifth on 10 under for the week.I played really nice all week, just putted poorly, he said. I am just relieved to get in and not do any more damage as it would have been a tough one to take because I played so well for five and a half days. It is probably the most stressful day I have had on a golf course and it is something I do not want to do again. YE Yang will be back for another season Yang, who held off Tiger Woods to become the first Asian to win a major at the 2009 PGA Championship, ensured his playing rights for 2017 with an impressive 67 in blustery conditions.The South Koreans flying finish lifted him to eight under alongside former Portugal Masters champion Tom Lewis, while European Tour stalwart Mark Foster and Q-School specialist Richard McEvoy were also among the 30 graduates. Former Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson has lost his card But 2008 Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson and former BMW PGA champion Simon Khan face an uncertain future after missing out along with five-time European Tour winner Michael Hoey.Upgrade to Sky Sports now to watch Man Utd v Arsenal this Saturday and get the first six months half price! Also See: Final leaderboard Golf live on Sky Sports 4 European Tour Schedule Watch online Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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