ARIZONA BASKETBALL

Arizona loses to UCLA, drops 8th game of conference play

Feb 18, 2021, 10:13 PM
Arizona head coach Sean Miller reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketbal...

Arizona head coach Sean Miller reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against UCLA Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 74-60. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

LOS ANGELES — Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored a career-high 25 points and UCLA overwhelmed Arizona to start the second half before pulling away to a 74-60 victory on Thursday night.

The second-place Bruins (15-5, 11-3 Pac-12) got 13 points from Tyger Campbell and 10 points from Cody Riley in beating Arizona for the fifth straight time. They improved to 7-0 at home in Pac-12 play.

The Wildcats (14-8, 8-8) were led by James Akinjo with 21 points. Freshman Azuolas Tubelis added 18 points and eight rebounds in 33 minutes, his most of the season.

UCLA made 9 of 10 shots to start the second half and take a 49-39 lead. The Bruins outscored the Wildcats 19-8, getting six points each from Jaquez and Riley. Arizona missed six of its first nine shots.

The Wildcats got to 55-50 on a pair of free throws by Tubelis, who soon picked up his third foul.

Campbell made a 3-pointer and Jaquez Jr. ran off nine straight points, capped by a 3-pointer that pushed UCLA’s lead to 67-54. Johnny Juzang followed with a 3-pointer.

The Wildcats led 31-30 at halftime after being up by eight points. They were limited to one basket over the final 6:59 while getting outscored 10-4 during the Bruins’ first extended run of the game.

UCLA trailed most of the half until taking its first lead at 28-27 on a jumper by Jaquez Jr., who had four straight points in the Bruins’ late spurt. The teams traded one-point leads the rest of the half.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: Sean Miller is sitting on 299 wins, which ranks third in school history. The Wildcats came in leading the Pac-12 with 76.2 points, but were held well under that.

UCLA: The Bruins need every win they can get in their four scheduled remaining games if they hope to overtake rival USC atop the Pac-12 standings.

UP NEXT

Arizona: Visits No. 17 USC on Saturday.

UCLA: Hosts Arizona State on Saturday.

Arizona Basketball

Arizona guard Dalen Terry (4) drives to the basket against Stanford forward Brandon Angel (23) duri...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Wildcats jump to No. 1 in NET rankings after 4th straight win

The Arizona Wildcats jumped Gonzaga into the No. 1 spot on the NET rankings after defeating Stanford on Thursday 85-57.
2 days ago
Arizona forward Azuolas Tubelis (10) drives against California Baptist guard Chance Hunter during t...
Associated Press

Azoulas Tubelis leaves due to injury in Arizona’s win over Stanford

The Arizona Wildcats beat Stanford by nearly 30 points but lost forward Azuolas Tubelis for the game due to an ankle injury.
3 days ago
Arizona Wildcats guard Kerr Kriisa (25) reacts after being called for a technical foul during a gam...
Arizona Sports

Arizona basketball rises to No. 3 in latest AP rankings

The Arizona Wildcats are now the top ranked team in the Pac-12 after rising to No. 3 in the latest AP men's college basketball rankings.
6 days ago
Arizona guard Pelle Larsson, center, is squeezed between Utah guards Lazar Stefanovic, left, and Ma...
Associated Press

Tubelis scores career-high 32 points as No. 6 Arizona rolls to win over Utah

Azoulas Tubelis scored 32 points, Christian Koloko added 16 points, and No. 6 Arizona dominated Utah inside for a win on Saturday night.
8 days ago
Arizona guard Bennedict Mathurin (0) throws up a three sign after hitting a long range shot during ...
Associated Press

4 Wildcats score in double figures as No. 6 Arizona ousts Colorado

Azuolas Tubelis and Justin Kier scored 14 points, and No. 6 Arizona overwhelmed Colorado in the second half for a 76-55 win Thursday night.
9 days ago
Head coach Bobby Hurley of the Arizona State Sun Devils reacts against the Syracuse Orange during t...
Jake Anderson

ASU, Arizona basketball reschedule postponed games due to COVID-19

The Arizona State men's basketball team has rescheduled two games that were postponed due to COVID-19, the school announced on Wednesday.
11 days ago
Arizona loses to UCLA, drops 8th game of conference play