Arizona improved to 20-5 on the season and made up ground in Pac-12 play with a 81-75 come from behind victory against UCLA at home. Here's a closer look at what happened:
Co-Players of the Game:
Kaleb Tarczewski - The senior came through big for the Wildcats against the Bruins with a career high 14 rebounds. The center just missed out on a double-double with just nine points, but was vital in getting the UCLA big men in foul trouble throughout the night.
Parker Jackson-Cartwright - The point guard continues to play with confidence for Arizona and was able to score a career-high 16 points in the win. Jackson-Cartwright also added four assists and two rebounds in the game, hitting big shots and playing solid defense to help lead his team to victory.
* Arizona struggled to score in the first half and UCLA was able to build a 45-35 halftime lead. Over the first few minutes of the second half, the Wildcats saw Allonzo Trier spark up after taking off his hand bandage at halftime. Trier scored six straight, inclduing an alley oop dunk from Gabe York to cut the UCLA lead down to 49-45.
* With just over eight minutes to go in the game, Trier continued the push for the Wildcats, grabbing a key rebound and hitting two free throws and giving Tony Parker his fourth foul. UCLA turned the ball over heading into the under-eight media timeout and Mark Tollefsen added a free throw after the stoppage, giving Thomas Welsh his fourth foul. The next play, York added a free throw and Ryan Anderson scored a put back to give the Wildcats a one-point advantage during an 8-0 run.
* Both teams battled back-and-forth for several minutes as the clock wound down. Down one with three minutes to go in the game, Arizona jumped ahead on the strength of an alley oop from York and a Jackson-Cartwright three pointer. The second shot put the Wildcats up 74-70 with 2:25 left to go. Tarczewski added a free throw and York got a basket and the foul to put Arizona up eight and seal the win.
Stat of the Game:
45 - Despite the fact that it seemed like Arizona was getting some bad calls from the referees in the first half, the Wildcats spent a majority of the night at the charity stripe. Arizona shot 45 free throws in the game, but was only able to make 29 of them. The 16 missed free throws were enough to keep UCLA in the lead most of the night.
“I challenged our seniors at the half," Miller said. "What's your legacy going to be? How are you going to be remembered? When I think about Kaleb, how he rebounded and defended in the second half. Gabe York was phenomenal on defense in the second half. He chased the cutter, did a really good job on Bryce Alford, and this could have been Gabe's best defensive performance of his career."
"I think we made them go small," Tarczewski said. "I think that they are the second-best rebounding team in the conference. Tony Parker and Thomas Welsh are great basketball players, and myself, Ryan (Anderson) and Dusan (Ristic) knew we needed to do a great job on the glass. I think we did a good job of that tonight."null