Sloppy Wildcats dominated by UCLA

There is the old saying that it is tough to beat a team three times in one year. Apparently someone forgot to tell UCLA that. The Bruins not only beat the Wildcats for the third time, but the 71-59 win was the most impressive of the three wins.

UCLA took a page out of the Wildcat playbook and forcing the Wildcats into a number of uncharacteristic turnovers.

Arizona got solid play from Marcus Williams and Ivan Radenovic but few others. The two forwards combined for 42 of Arizona's 59 points. Williams scored a game-high 23, Radenovic chipped in 17.

The rest of the Wildcats scored a total of 17 points.

The Bruins were led by Darren Collison. The reserve guard was the Bruin's high scorer with 15 off the bench. Arron Afflalo and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute each contributed 12 points.

The Wildcats opened up the game by making their first four shot but then allowed the Bruins to go on a 19-5 run and found themselves on the wrong end of a double figure lead.

Even with Jordan Farmar saddled with two early fouls, the Bruins dominated. Arizona committed 11 first half turnovers and the Bruins responded with 12 points.

Arizona switched to a zone defense and the UCLA outside game suffered. The Bruins missed their final seven three pointers of the half and the Cats were able to cut the lead to seven at the half.

UCLA stormed out of the locker room and scored 16 of the first 22 points. A Collison jumper put the Bruins up 20, and they coasted the rest of the way.


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