Arizona fought through major scoring droughts to start each half, but found a way to slide past UCLA 57-47. Despite the double digit margin of victory, the game was tight for much of the second half after the Bruins rattled off a 17-0 run to start the period.
Freshman Dusan Ristic carried Arizona in the first half, hitting 4 of 4 from the field and 4 of 4 from the free throw line for 12 points. Ristic played just 1 minute in the second half, but was a key factor in the Wildcats snapping out of their offensive lull to open the game.
It was a rough shooting night for Arizona, hitting just 18 of 53 shots for 34%. They also were off from the free throw line in the second half, converting just 10 of 17 attempts.
The bench scored 27 of Arizona’s points, partly because junior Gabe York got in rhythm early in the game. York hit 4 of 9 shots, including 3 of 5 from beyond the three point arc.
Freshman Stanley Johnson was just 1 of 9 shooting the ball, but played aggressively and collected 10 rebounds.
TJ McConnell played a team high 36 minutes, scoring 11 points with 5 assists. 9 of McConnell’s points came in the second half.
The Wildcats outrebounded UCLA 40-23, and scored 22 points in the paint. They also converted 16 second chance points, as numerous Arizona players were having trouble putting the ball in the hoop.
Junior Kaleb Tarczewski scored 5 points to go along with 9 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Despite playing poorly for most of the game, the Wildcats led for over 24 minutes. UCLA fought back to take the lead in the second half, but Arizona only let the Bruins ahead for 4 and a half minutes of the second half.