Arizona struggles in loss

Arizona struggles in loss

UCLA controlled Thursday's game from start to finish as it defeated Arizona Thursday night at McKale. Read on for the complete recap of how the Wildcats lost.

UCLA controlled Arizona from the start, as it defeated the Wildcats 84-73 at McKale on Thursday night.

Brandon Ashley started the game with a free-throw, but Shabazz Muhammad hit a three-pointer and Kyle Anderson hit a layup before a Travis Wear bucket gave the Bruins the 7-1 lead. Mark Lyons tried to get the Wildcats going, but consecutive baskets by Jordan Adams and Wear put the Bruins up 11-3 with 15:25 left in the first half.

Muhammad came out of the timeout with two consecutive baskets and a layup by Adams forced Sean Miller to call timeout down 17-3 with 13:57 left. A David Wear basket gave UCLA the 16-point lead before Grant Jerrett scored off an offensive rebound. However, Travis Wear got the points right back with a jumper to give UCLA the 21-5 lead with 11:47 left.

Out of the timeout, Johnson was able to come up with a dunk and made a layup off a turnover to force Ben Howland to call timeout with the UCLA lead down to 21-9. Ashley got to the line and made both of his attempts, but Norman Powell scored off a turnover. Johnson then got to the line and made three free-throws to bring Arizona to within nine before Powell made another layup to put it right back to 11.

After a score off an offensive rebound by UCLA, Hill was able to get in the lane and make a layup to cut the Bruins' lead to 27-16 with 7:13 left. A layup by Hill out of a timeout cut the lead to nine before a dunk by Ashley brought Arizona within seven. Muhammad made a jumper out of a UCLA timeout to bring the lead back to nine and Adams made a layup to put it at double digits with 4:52 left.

Ashley made a layup the next time down court and Lyons scored a three off a Bruin turnover to bring Arizona to within 31-25. Muhammad and Johnson then exchanged baskets before a Lyons turnover led to an easy layup for Adams. Jerrett was able to make a three-pointer the next time down court to bring the Wildcats within five with two minutes left, but Larry Drew made a layup the next trip down court to put UCLA up 37-30 with 1:27 left in the half.

Anderson came up with a three-point play with a minute left in the half to put the Bruins up 40-30 going into halftime.

The second half started with Anderson making one of two free-throws and a three-pointer by David Wear extended the UCLA lead to 14. Ashley made a layup the next time down court, but Muhammad drew a foul and made one of two free-throws. Johnson was able to make a layup to bring Arizona to within 45-34 with 16:39 left.

A basket by Adams extended the lead to 13 and he then made a layup to put the Bruins up 15 shortly after. Hill was able to score the next time down court and then made a three soon after to bring Arizona to within ten points. Tony Parker scored out of a timeout, but Kevin Parrom answered with a basket of his own.

Drew hit a layup and Muhammad followed with another to put the Bruins up 14 with 12:56 left and force Sean Miller to call timeout. Nick Johnson picked up a three-point play and Lyons hit two free-throws to bring the Wildcats within nine.

Lyons hit a three-pointer out of a timeout to make it a six-point game and a dunk by Johnson brought the Wildcats within 55-51 with 11:12 left. David Wear scored off a rebound to bring the lead back to six before Parker got to the line and made one of two free-throws. Muhammad then hit a basket in the lane to put the bruins up 60-51 with less than eight minutes left before Hill scored in the paint.

Johnson then scored off a turnover to bring Arizona to within 60-55, but Parker came up with a three-point play to put the Bruins right back up eight with 6:48 left. Parrom scored the following time down court and was then able to make one of two free-throws to put the Wildcats within five. However, Muhammad made a three from the corner to answer.

Muhammad followed his three with two free-throws and UCLA was back up 10 points with 5:25 left. A jumper by Hill made it an eight-point game, but once again UCLA had an answer. Arizona forced a turnover that left to a Lyons layup and the Wildcats got within eight with 3:55 left. A UCLA turnover led to a layup by Johnson, but Adams got to the free-throw line and made both.

Parrom matched those two free-throws with two of his own, but Adams went to the line again and made one of two.

The next time down court, Ashley got to the free-throw line, but was unable to convert the one and one.

David Wear proceeded to make two free-throws to put UCLA up nine with 2:53 left, but a Lyons layup brought it down to seven. Wear scored the next trip down court to put UCLA up nine and basically seal the game.

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