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UCLA Loses to Boston College in Wooden Classic

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Wooden Classic benefits charity and provides great hoops show!

Arizona 68 Mississippi State 64
Boston College 74 UCLA 64

Gary Montgomery
Bvn Staff

Anaheim - The 11th annual Wooden Basketball classic kicked off on Sunday featuring the Arizona Wildcats playing Mississippi States, Bulldogs in the first game and the UCLA Bruins against the Boston College Eagles in the second contest.

The annual John R. Wooden Classic is the premier invitational tournament in the area. Named for the legendary Coach, all proceeds are donated to charity.

John Wooden is undeniably the most respected individual in America. His classic brings four of the nations top teams to the Pond each year.

On Sunday Lute Olsons' Arizona Wildcats used a last minute charge led by center Channing Frye to narrowly beat SEC Champion Mississippi State. The second game featured UCLA’s freshmen against Boston College and its three Southern California players.

The Eagles line-up includes Craig Smith of LA Fairfax, Jared Dudley of San Diego Horizon and Sean Marshall of Rialto Eisenhower.

The young Bruins made a show of it in the first half, but were humbled in the second half. Boston College out scored UCLA 42 - 27 in the second half and ran away with the victory. “We have to somehow develop an inside presence, they took it to us on the glass and forced us outside, that’s not going to work” said coach Ben Howland.

Rialto Eisenhower’s Sean Marshall played 32 minutes and scored 13 points. “It was great to come home and play here, I feel more comfortable because I’m more experienced” said Marshall.

The Bruins will try to recover against Pepperdine on Friday at Pauley Pavilion.

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