Arizona was dominated on the glass in the second half and it cost the Wildcats as the Bruins won 77-72 Saturday at McKale.
Isaac Hamilton and Allonzo Trier exchanged baskets to start the game. T.J. Lead and Rawle Alkins then did the same before Trier got two straight buckets.
Lonzo Ball got on the board with a jumper and Kadeem Allen responded with a three. Hamilton matched that three and Leaf scored to tie the game at 11 at the media timeout.
Thomas Welch hit a jumper and Ball scored. Leaf then made two from the line as an ensuing bucket from Dusan Ristic cut the UCLA lead to 17-13 with 11:49 left in the half.
Dusan Ristic made a free-throw and Ike Anigbogu scored. Lauri Markkanen then got a bucket and Anigbogu hit two free-throws.
Trier and Ball exchanged threes before Parker Jackson-Cartwright made two free-throws. Ball scored and Simmons then went one of two at the line.
Alford hit a three, but Trier responded with a three-point play as the Bruins led 29-25 with 7:32 remaining in the half.
Alford made a three and Markkanen scored. Leaf got a bucket, but Trier and Allen two free-throws each.
Alford made two at the line and Keanu Pinder scored. Aaron Holiday got a dunk, but a three by Jackson-Cartwright cut UCLA’s lead to 38-36 with over two minutes left in the first half.
Anigbogu made a free-throw and Trier proceeded to score. Chance Comanche then hit one from the line and Jackson-Cartwright ended the half with four straight points to put the Wildcats up 43-39 at the half.
Ball and Alkins both scored to start the half before Trier and Welch did as well. Leaf and Markkanen scored and Jackson-Cartwright got a layup.
A three by Hamilton then had the Bruins within 51-48 at the media timeout.
Markkanen made a jumper and Welch hit two straight buckets to cut Arizona’s lead to 53-52 with 13:20 left.
Welch and Leaf scored and Trier did as well. Holiday and Alford then hit consecutive threes to force a timeout with the Wildcats down 62-55 with 8:59 remaining.
Allen got a bucket, but Holiday scored five straight points and Miller called timeout with the Wildcats down 67-57 with 6:47 left.
Comanche and Welch exchanged buckets and Comanche then hit one free-throw. Holiday hit two of his own, but Comanche got two straight buckets and Trier hit a three to cut the lead to 73-65 with 2:50 remaining.
Trier scored and Alford responded before Trier hit a three and brought the Wildcats to within five with a minute left.