The second trip for the #UCLAmen’s #basketball team — a 1,600-mile journey to the Sprint Center for the Hall of Fame Classic — was considerably shorter than its season-opening trip.
The Bruins trekked 6,500 miles to Shanghai — a trip more scrutinized for the detention of LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill for shoplifting in Hangzhou, China, than a victory against Georgia Tech.
All three players remained suspended Monday and didn't travel as UCLA hit the road again for its toughest on-court test of the season against #Creighton.
Despite the considerably shorter flight, No. 23 #UCLA might feel further from home after a dispiriting 100-89 loss.
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The #Bruins' frustration — and defensive struggles — were on full display midway through the second half when freshman #JaylenHands was called for a flagrant foul after pulling Khyri Thomas to the ground as he glided in for a fastbreak layup.
Junior Aaron Holiday also was whistled for a second momentum-zapping flagrant foul on Thomas barely four minutes later.
UCLA, which trailed by seven points at halftime and as many as 12 in the opening minutes of the second half, had whittled Creighton's lead to 86-81 after freshman Kris Wilkes' jumper with 5:39 remaining.
Holiday's foul netted three made free throws for the Bluejays, who kept the Bruins' at arm's length down the stretch behind senior guard Marcus Foster's steady command.