Santa Clara Falls to Basket Brescia Leonessa, 72-68
In the most challenging game of its Italian Exhibition Tour, Santa Clara men's basketball was edged by Basket Brescia Leonessa, 72-68, Sunday night. KJ Feagin scored a team-high 17 points and Jared Brownridge added 16 to lead four players in double figures, but after a hot shooting first half the Broncos cooled off in the second against the reigning Italian A League champion. Basket Brescia Leonessa took its first lead of the game late in the third quarter, but Feagin added two late buckets to help the Broncos gain a 56-55 advantage heading into the fourth period of the third and final game of the 10-day trip. Neither team made a run in the final quarter, but Basket Bresica Leonessa took the lead for good at the three-minute mark and the Broncos missed their last six shots from the field. A pair of free throws by Feagin cut the deficit to 70-68 with 10 seconds left, but Basket Brescia Leonessa hit a pair at the line to close out the game, which was played under international rules. Jarvis Pugh had 11 of his 13 points in the first half and Feagin also tallied 11 in the opening 20 minutes. Pugh collected a team-high 18 rebounds for the only double-double on the trip for Santa Clara. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MORE
Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton each scored 18 points as the UCLA men's basketball team fell to Melbourne United, 89-84, before a capacity crowd at State Basketball Centre on Saturday evening. Playing their second of three games during a 10-day offseason trip to Australia, the Bruins led by a 40-37 margin at halftime. Melbourne United outscored UCLA by a 31-20 margin in the third quarter, and the Bruins were unable to tie the contest in the final period. Aaron Holiday finished with 16 points and Thomas Welsh totaled 10, rounding out UCLA's list of double-figure scorers. Hamilton dished a team-leading five assists and scored 16 of his 18 points before halftime. Lonzo Ball scored eight points and led the Bruins with 13 rebounds, including five offensive boards. Saturday's game featured an opponent with significantly more basketball experience than the Bruins' Tuesday night opponent, Sydney University. Melbourne United is one of eight professional Australian basketball teams in the National Basketball League, or NBL, in the Melbourne United. The Bruins will face another NBL team, the Brisbane Bullets, on Monday evening. After having cruised to a 123-76 win in Sydney, UCLA was locked in a see-saw battle with Melbourne United on Saturday. The game featured 10 lead changes, including three in the third quarter. "This was good for us, and it's a big reason why we take trips like this," UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. "We are probably going to get a similar challenge when we're in Brisbane. Our players are going up against pros, against grown men." Hamilton had an impressive first half for the Bruins, a half that ended with the senior guard nailing a buzzer-beating floater to put UCLA ahead, 40-37. His shot pushed his first-half point total to 16 points and helped the Bruins finish the second quarter on a 17-3 scoring run through the final five minutes.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MORE
Iowa State jumps in 247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings
Iowa State's addition of forward KeyShawn Feazell on Wednesday afternoon brought with it a substantial jump in the 247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings as the Cyclones quickly jumped into the Top-20.
The commitment of the 6-foot-8 Feazell, who is regarded as 37th-ranked power forward in the 2017 class according to 247Sports, pushed Iowa State up 15 spots to No. 16 overall in the team recruiting rankings (up from No. 31), including second in the Big 12. The Cyclones first jumped into the recruiting rankings with the commitment of four-star wing Terrence Lewis on Aug. 9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MORE