Wildcats hang on to beat Bruins

It had plenty of scary moments, but Arizona was able to defeat UCLA 65-63 Saturday at McKale.

Jesse Perry started the scoring for Arizona and Kyle Fogg answered a Travis Wear free throw with a jumper of his own to bring Arizona to a 4-1 lead. UCLA then scored five straight points, capped by a Jerime Anderson layup as UCLA led 6-4 with 15:41 left in first half. Travis Wear then added two more before Jesse Perry was able to stop the run and pull the Wildcats to within 8-6 with about 13 minutes left. Solomon Hill then hit a three-pointer to give the UA its lead back seconds later.

The Bruins then scored four straight points before Turner hit two from the line and Travis Wear hit a little turnaround in the paint to give the Bruins the 14-11 lead. Two free throws by Hill brought Arizona back to within one point, but Travis Wear scored yet again to bring it right back to three points. Nick Johnson then forced a turnover and found Josiah Turner for a layup, forcing the Bruins to take a timeout.

It did not take long for the Wildcats to get the lead, as Hill hit a three-pointer from about a foot behind the arc to put the UA up 18-16 with under seven minutes left. However, UCLA came right back with a bucket for Anderson and Travis Wear to grab a 20-18 lead and force Arizona to call timeout with 5:07 left. A Brendon Lavender three gave the Wildcats the lead, but Anderson came right back with an easy layup to put the Bruins up 22-21 with 3:08 left.

Fogg proceeded to hit two free throws to give Arizona the lead and then found Nick Johnson in the corner for a three-pointer that gave the Wildcats a 26-22 lead with 2:31 left in the first half. The four-point lead did not last very long, however, as Tyler Lamb hit a long two and David Wear made two free throws to cut it to one, as the halftime score was 27-26 in favor of Arizona.

Lazeric Jones gave the Bruins the quick lead to start the half, but Arizona came back with four straight points. The teams then exchanged baskets, as Arizona took a timeout up 33-31 with 14:32 left in the second half. Smith then tied the game for UCLA coming out of the timeout and Miller got a technical foul not too long after, as a Travis Wear free throw gave the Bruins the lead with 13:35 left. An Anderson jumper then extended the UCLA lead to three not long after.

UA was able to get the lead back with four free throws by Perry, but David Wear hit a long two to put the Bruins back up 38-37 with 12:05 left. A few plays later, Lamb hit a three that put the Bruins up four and a layup by Anderson extended it to six with about ten minutes left. A three-pointer by Fogg cut that lead in half and Perry proceeded to hit two free throws to cut the lead to one.

A layup by Anderson put the lead back at three for UCLA and after Hill cut it to one, Lamb hit a three as the shot clock expired to put the Bruins up four with a little over six minutes left. Two free throws by Fogg and one by Travis Wear kept the lead at three, as Fogg hit two free throws to bring the Wildcats within one with 5:27 left in the second half.

Smith's offensive rebound took the Bruins up three, but Fogg's layup cut it to one, although he missed the free-throw that would have tied the game at 53. Fogg got another opportunity after a foul by Lamb and hit both free throws to finally give the Wildcats the lead back with four minutes left in regulation. Hill then added a layup to extend the lead to three coming out of a timeout.

The lead stayed at three after an exchange of baskets and Perry then made a layup to put Arizona up five with two minutes left. A reverse layup by Anderson cut the lead to three with a little over a minute left, but Fogg answered with a three-pointer to give the Wildcats a six-point lead. Lamb then made a jumper and the Bruins called timeout with 41 seconds left.

Fogg then threw the ball away with 36 seconds left, but Lamb turned it right over and gave the Wildcats possession. Hill went to the line to basically seal the game up, but missed both.

Josh Smith was fouled with 12 seconds left and nailed both free throws, cutting Arizona's lead to two and forcing the Wildcats to make free throws.

Fogg then went to the line with 12 seconds left and missed the first free throw, but was able to make the second to put the Wildcats up three.

Johnson got called four a foul with nine seconds left and Anderson made both free throws to being the Bruins to within 64-63. Fogg had a chance for redemption at the line and once again missed the first and made the second, giving Arizona the two-point lead.

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