No. 12 Arizona 83, UCLA 73
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Josh Shipp made a short bank shot to give UCLA a five-point lead, an angry Lute Olson called timeout, and the Pauley Pavilion crowd of 12,681 went wild.
It appeared the Bruins just might be on their way to an upset of 12th-ranked Arizona.
They didn’t come close.
Arizona came out of the timeout, silenced the UCLA fans by scoring 19 straight points, and the Wildcats went on from there to beat the Bruins 83-73 Saturday.
“Once we got that timeout, the guys came out and made it tough for UCLA to score,” Olson said.
Salim Stoudamire and Ivan Radenovic scored six points each during the run, triggered by Channing Frye’s three-point play with 17:14 remaining.
When it was over, the Wildcats led 61-47.
“It went quick,” UCLA freshman Jordan Farmar said. “They made some big shots and we took some bad ones.”
The Bruins weren’t closer than the final margin after that, and made the game seem closer than it actually was by scoring the last 11 points.
“We all decided we needed to stop being selfish,” said Stoudamire, who scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Wildcats.
“Defense, and we rebounded, got transition buckets. They got a little tired,” Stoudamire replied when asked about the decisive run. “I don’t think that’s the best we’ve played. It’s up there, though.”
Radenovic had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Mustafa Shakur scored 17, and Frye and Hassan Adams added 11 each for Arizona.
The Wildcats outrebounded the Bruins 26-12 after halftime and 39-31 overall.
“That was one of the best halves because we played together,” Adams said. “I was just loving the way we were playing.”
By winning for the 18th time in 20 games and beating UCLA soundly for the third straight year at Pauley Pavilion, the Wildcats (21-4, 11-2 Pac-10) moved into first place in the conference.
No. 11 Washington (20-3, 10-2) plays Sunday at Oregon State.
The win was the 301st in conference play for Olson since he became Arizona’s coach in 1983, and moved him within three of Pac-10 record-holder John Wooden, who watched the game from behind the Bruins’ bench.
Wooden guided UCLA to a 304-74 conference record before retiring in 1975. Olson’s teams are 301-86 against Pac-10 opponents. The 70-year-old Olson and 94-year-old Wooden are both members of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
“If and when it happens, it will be bittersweet,” Olson said of surpassing Wooden. “He was the greatest ever. It’s always a pleasure to come and see him.”
Farmar led the Bruins (13-7, 7-6) with a career-high 27 points and five assists. Arron Afflalo added 13 points, and Dijon Thompson and Brian Morrison scored 10 each for UCLA.
Stoudamire’s three-point play with 13:04 left completed the game-deciding run. Morrison made two free throws a minute later for UCLA’s first points in 5 1/2 minutes.
“We fueled that by not doing a good job getting on their shooters,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “We took a lot of questionable shots. They were more patient than we were. It’s the sign of a veteran team, an experienced team.”
Thompson, averaging nearly 19 points, committed two fouls in the first five minutes, and had only three points in the first half on one of his team’s eight 3-pointers.
“We were prepared for him,” Adams said. “He just came off a great game against ASU. We didn’t want him to have another one.”
Thompson scored 27 of his career-high 39 points in the first half of UCLA’s 95-76 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night.
“Every time I was on the floor and turned my back, they sent defenders at me,” Thompson said. “I just missed shots. They were in and out. They felt good, but just didn’t go in. After a 39-point game, teams are going to come after you, and they played tough `D’ today.”
Neither team led by more than five points in the first half, which ended with the Bruins on top 39-38.
Farmar made three of UCLA’s five 3-pointers in the first 6 1/2 minutes, but the Bruins’ lead was just 17-15 because the Wildcats came out sharp, too.
UCLA was 8-of-16 from 3-point range and 6-of-13 otherwise in the first half. After Morrison’s 3-pointer with 7:40 left before halftime, the Bruins made only two more—both in the second half, when they were 2-of-13 from long range.
“We knew they couldn’t shoot like that the whole game,” Stoudamire said.
And that’s what Olson tells his players.
“The second half, they were taking them under more duress,” Olson said. “The thing we always say about 3s: If you just keep making them work, the legs aren’t going to be the same the last 10 minutes as they were the first 10 minutes.”