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FINAL: Arizona bounces back from stagnant offense to take down UCLA 57-47

Rebecca Noble

Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) shoots over UCLA forward Gyorgy Goloman (14) during the second half of Arizona’s 57-47 win against UCLA in McKale Center on Saturday.

Just like the first half, Arizona men’s basketball started the second period slow, but held on to defeat UCLA 57-47.

The No. 7 Wildcats (24-3, 11-2 Pac-12) defeated UCLA (16-12, 8-7) despite making only seven field goals in the second half.

UCLA opened the second half on a 17-0 run, holding the Wildcats scoreless for almost seven minutes to open the second period, after Arizona went about six minutes without scoring to open the game.

However, Arizona retook the lead with a 6-0 run with about seven minutes left and built some cushion with a 7-0 run with about two minutes left.

Arizona shot 34 percent from the field, 23 percent from three and 72 percent from the free-throw line. UCLA shot 38 percent, 36 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the charity stripe.

UA guard Gabe York scored 13 points. Center Dusan Ristic scored 12 points, all in the first half. The Arizona starters scored 30 points combined.

UCLA guard Bryce Alford scored 22 points, 11 more than the Bruins’ second-leading scorer, guard Norman Powell.

Game Notes:

-Arizona Athletics is now 1-2 when hosting ESPN College GameDay, with football losing to Oregon and basketball falling to Washington before Saturday

-Three Bruins fouled out

-The UA bench outscored UCLA’s 27-0

-The Wildcats had 22 points in the paint; UCLA had 16

-There were two ties and three lead changes

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