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UCLA Demolishes Arizona in Tucson, 84-73

UCLA basketball (16-4, 6-1 Pac-12) earned its first road victory over a ranked opponent in five years, as the Bruins beat down Arizona (16-2, 4-2 Pac-12), 84-73 on Thursday evening.

Arizona led for a total of thirty seconds in the contest, the result of a 1-0 advantage early on which was wiped out a half-minute later by a Shabazz Muhammad three-pointer. UCLA would go on a 19-2 run to open up the contest and never trailed since.

It wasn’t until the under-seven-minute mark in the first half that Arizona cut UCLA’s lead to single digits, after a Solomon Hill lay-up put Arizona within nine.

The Wildcats did cut the lead to as little as four points, when Arizona guard Nick Johnson capped off a 12-4 run with 11 minutes to go in the second half to bring the score to 55-51 in UCLA’s favor. The Bruins responded, however, with a 5-0 run of their own which eventually led to a 10-point lead with under five minutes left in the contest.

UCLA managed to close out the game with free throws, a result of Arizona playing aggressive, full-court defense and UCLA drawing fouls on Arizona guards; ten free-throws were converted in the final four minutes of the contest to keep UCLA ahead of the Wildcats for good.

Shabazz Muhammad led the team in scoring with 23 points off of 8-for-16 shooting, while Kyle Anderson led UCLA in rebounds with 12. Larry Drew II led the team in assists with nine on the night.

With this win, UCLA moves into second place in the Pac-12 behind Oregon, which beat both UCLA and Arizona.

UCLA will seek to sweep the Arizona road-trip with a win over the Arizona State Sun Devils (14-4, 3-2 Pac-12) in Tempe, AZ.

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  • grateful_bruin

    Loved it! National prime time game victory against Top 10 in-conference opponent!!! UCLA is for real (and the Oregon game is forgotten). All the whiners can lock themselves in a closet.

    • GoJoeBruinUCLA

      I think we need to be critical of this team and fans who see a good W-L record will always think their team is perfect. That said, this game was too. Damn. Good.

  • penny

    whiners…like bruins nation :)

    • GoJoeBruinUCLA

      HEY HEY HEY. We did not whine. Tooooo happy about this.

  • disqus_28xCUG66YK

    The hate filled quislings at Bruinsnation deserve each other. One need only visit there if they are seeking irrational analysis and observations filtered through a envious, spite filled lens. Coach Wooden said to avoid overreacting to the highs and the lows. They’ve obviously never heard that. Look, anyone (most BN’ers, so-called) who blanket praises the borderline irrational at times ramblings of our beloved Bill Walton is lost as a fan. “Coach Wooden never called a timeout!”, according to Walton, yet one need look no further than the first ever regular season college basketball game ever televised (Houston and UCLA in 1968) to see that that is simply not true. True fans know it is better to be rational and mature, give credit where credit is due, and coolly assess where things stand when the season is over.

    • GoJoeBruinUCLA

      No. You and BN have the same issue — you don’t get to say who is a “true fan.” This fan-base has sects like any other that ranges from critical to super-submissive. I go to this school and I write 50k words on this team per month and I wanted Howland gone at the end of the Cal Poly game, as did many others. That does not disqualify me for “true fandom.”

      thanks for commenting but let’s steer clear of that “true fan” ridiculousness