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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.