Notebook: Arizona vs. UCLA

Arizona lost to UCLA on Saturday. Read on for news and notes on why the Wildcats could not get it done.

After struggling early and falling behind in the first half, Arizona had difficulty overcoming UCLA's lead and the Wildcats ultimately fell to the Bruins 74-69.

The loss moves UA out of contention for the top spot in the conference and it will likely have to defeat Arizona State next week and make a decent run in the Pac-12 Tournament in order to garner a four seed in the big dance.

As for Saturday night's loss, it was the second time this season Arizona has dropped a game to UCLA.

While the matchup was much more competitive this time around, the Wildcats found themselves making mistake after mistake while allowing the Bruins to keep a hold of the lead throughout the entire second half.

UA needed to come away with a strong solid performance to come away with the victory, but instead it put forth another sloppy effort due to numerous issues all over the court.

  • Mark Lyons shot just 33 percent from the floor and turned the ball over five times. On top of that, he only collected one assist and struggled, once again, from the outside.

    Lyons scored 13 points, but it took way too many shot attempts to get there. Not only did he shoot poorly, his ball security – or lack thereof – was just as detrimental to the Wildcats' chances at victory.

  • The game boiled down to who took care of the ball more. UCLA turned the ball over just nine times while dishing out 17 assists as a team. In contrast, UA turned the ball over 16 times while coming up with just 13 assists as a team.

    Had the Wildcats taken better care of the ball, they have been able to mount the comeback. In a five point game, however, all of those mistakes proved to be very costly in the long run.

  • Like fellow senior Mark Lyons, swing man Solomon Hill had a tough night against the Bruins. Hill finished with just seven points and four assists while turning the ball over five times.

    Hill struggled to stay involved on the offensive end of the floor and, when he asserted himself, he struggled holding onto possession. With the way Hill and Lyons both played, UA is fortunate to have only lost by five.

  • While many players struggled for Arizona on Saturday, Grant Jerrett was one who did his best to keep his squad in the game. The freshman knocked down 4-of-5 shots (all from beyond the arc) and finished with a team-high 14 points.

    Jerrett's long-range shooting was what kept the Wildcats within striking distance and nearly led them to a comeback. Jerrett wasn't only sharp from the outside, as his five rebounds and one block show just how much he made his presence felt in the post.

  • Another freshman, Kaleb Tarczewski, showed progress, especially on the boards. The center scored just six points, but his 10 rebounds are evidence of progress in Tarczewski's game.

  • Arizona received a spark from Jordin Mayes off the bench, which has been a rare occurrence this season. The junior scored eight points and dished out a pair of assists in just 13 minutes of action.

    More performances like that and Mayes is going to earn his way back into the rotation, which could be helpful for a team struggling from three-point land.

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