TUCSON, Ariz. — An overwhelming offense has carried UCLA to a superb season. The Bruins incited to resilient and invulnerability for what might have been their many considerable win yet.
Thomas Welsh scored 12 of his 14 points in a second half and No. 5 UCLA dominated a descent play to kick No. 4 Arizona 77-72 in a Pac-12 showdown Saturday night.
“That’s what Tommy does,” UCLA manager Steve Alford said. “Tommy can miscarry a round and Tommy can fire a round about as good as any core in a country. … Obviously, there’s a lot of guys on a group get a lot of approval and Tom is due some approval given he’s a special player.”
The Bruins (26-3, 13-3) won their seventh in a quarrel and snapped Arizona’s 21-game home justice winning streak. The Wildcats (26-4, 15-2) forsaken into a tie with Oregon for initial place in a Pac-12 streamer into a final week of a unchanging season. The Ducks reason a tiebreaker by violence Arizona in a teams’ usually meeting.
“We’re on a hurl going into a Pac-12 contest and into March,” Alford said. “You wish to be personification your best basketball, and we consider we’re personification a best basketball of a year right now.”
UCLA, avenging a 96-85 home detriment to Arizona on Jan. 21, trailed 53-49 during a half though took control with a 19-4 second-half run.
Allonzo Trier scored a career-high 28 for a Wildcats. Parker Jackson-Cartwright combined 11, and Lauri Markkanen had 10 for Arizona.
Five players reached double total for a Bruins, led by Bryce Alford’s 15. TJ Leaf and Aaron Holiday combined 12 apiece, and Lonzo Ball had 11 along with 8 assists.
UCLA had 19 second-chance points to Arizona’s four. In a second half, a Bruins outrebounded a Wildcats 9-1 on a descent boards.
“They were a bigger, stronger, tougher, some-more earthy tam after a ball,” Arizona manager Sean Miller said.
The Bruins’ Bryce Alford pronounced a team’s invulnerability had softened considerably given a group assembly following a detriment to USC a month ago.
“People have been murdering us on a invulnerability all year,” he said. “Any time we get killed on an area, we’ve been operative on it. … We know we’ve got a lot of work to do still and we’ve got a prolonged ways to go, though people have been murdering us on it (defense) and we consider we’ve been flattering danged good lately.”
The Bruins switched to a section many of a second half and stretched a lead to 11 twice late in a game, a final during 73-62 on Welsh’s’ inside basket with 4:38 to play before Arizona managed one final charge, finishing a diversion on a 10-4 run.
Markkanen’s dual giveaway throws cut a Bruins’ lead to 75-72 with 29.2 seconds to play. Holiday missed a initial of a one-and-one giveaway chuck event and Arizona had a possibility to tie it though Kadeem Allen, with a dislocated pinkie finger on his sharpened hand, threw adult an atmosphere round from 3-point range.
Miller had no timeouts so a Wildcats had to wing it.
“No doubt we didn’t get a good demeanour on a final play,” he said, “but a final play was one of hundreds of plays in a diversion we can go behind to, a series of descent rebounds they got that in my mind were most some-more effective toward them winning a diversion than a fact we had to swell one adult during a end.”
After trailing by as many as 7 points early, Arizona outscored a Bruins 10-1 over a final 2 1-2 mins of a initial half to lead 43-39 during a break. Jackson-Cartwright scored 7 in a surge.
UCLA took a lead for good, 54-53, on Welsh’s basket with 12:52 to play.
Arizona mislaid during home for usually a second time in 69 games.
“If we get a win during Arizona and during Kentucky (Dec. 3) in a same year,” Steve Alford said, “it’s flattering special.”
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The outcome in Tucson could set a theatre for a rematch between a dual teams in a semifinals of a Pac-12 tournaments.
Assuming, both teams win out, Arizona would be a tournament’s No. 2 seed and UCLA a No. 3. Oregon would get a No. 1 seed and, exclusive upsets, would face a UCLA-Arizona leader in a discussion pretension game.
The Wildcats play their final regular-season diversion of a deteriorate during Arizona State on Thursday.