Cats can't complete comeback

For the first time since the 1997 season the UCLA Bruins came to Tucson and came away with a victory. Despite having just nine available scholarship players, UCLA fended off a number of Wildcat rallies to hold on for the 85-79 win.

Despite shooting a season high 52% and forcing 23 turnovers, the Cats fell to the Bruins due in large part to 61% shooting by UCLA and a game-high 22 points from Aaron Afflalo.

"They shot the lights out," said Lute Olson on the post game radio broadcast. "It seems like every time we gave them a decent look they knocked it down." The Cats never led in the second half, but cut the Bruin lead down to two in the final minutes, but UCLA made their final six free throws and forced two turnovers in the game's final 30 seconds.

Arizona was led by 21 points from Hassan Adams. The senior had a pretty nice stat line adding five rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Freshman Marcus Williams scored 19, while Ivan Radenovic scored 17 and pulled down a team high eight boards.

All told Arizona had five scorers in double figures, but no other player scored.

Chris Rodgers had a long stint at point guard and played one of his best games of the year. He scored only 12 points, but did it efficiently. He also forced five steals and played solid defense.

"We got an outstanding game out of Chris Rodgers," Olson said. "Five steals and he drew a charge. He caused six turnovers from his position."

The Bruins got out to an 8-0 run to open the game and promptly saw the Cats score 19 of the next 25 points. UCLA scored the final five points of the first half and never trailed again.

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