UCLA Blows Out Arizona At Pauley Pavilion, Now Tied For First In Pac-10

The Bruins split their season series with the Wildcats.

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UCLA Dominates Arizona, 71-49, Closes Out Old Pauley In Style

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Reeves Nelson posted a career-high 27 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to help UCLA defeat No. 10 Arizona, 71-49, and pull the Bruins into a first-place tie in the Pac-10 with the Wildcats. Joshua Smith tallied 17 points for the Bruins (21-8, 12-4 Pac-10), who recorded their second straight win. Tyler Honeycutt added 15 points and five rebounds in the win. Derrick Williams had 15 points and seven rebounds while Kyle Fogg notched 10 points for Arizona (23-6, 12-4), who have lost two straight since going on an eight-game win streak.

The game was tightly matched for most of the first half while Lamont Jones' layup at the midway point gave Arizona a 19-16 lead. However, UCLA finished out the last five minutes of the half with an 11-2 run. The burst was started by Smith's layup and three-point play. Anthony Stover's free throw completed the run for a 40-30 edge at the break.

The Bruins continued to roll in the second half and scored the first 11 points. Reeves and Smith each had four points in the spurt. But the Wildcats responded with a run of their own, scoring the next 10 points. Fogg's and Jamelle Horne's back-to-back treys ignited the offense while Kevin Parrom's layup finished the spurt for a 51-40 game 6 1/2 minutes into the final half.

The margin remained in double-digit range until Williams hit his first field goal of the second half with 4 1/2 minutes left slice it to nine, 57-48. The home team, though, pulled away for good scoring 14 of the game's final 15 points. The advantage was pushed back to 14 on Nelson's three-point play and they cruised from there. The Bruins fittingly capped off the win and the final game at the Pauley Pavilion when Tyler Trapani, whose great grandfather was UCLA legendary coach John R. Wooden, scored the last bucket with 12 ticks left.

Game Notes

The Bruins own a 47-35 series advantage over the Wildcats...It was the last men's basketball game to be played at Pauley Pavilion before undergoing a large renovation...UCLA will finish out the season with games at Washington and Washington State...Arizona will host its final two games against Oregon State and Oregon...Reeves was 10-of-13 from the field and made 7-of-8 from the line...Williams was quiet for most of the second half finishing the game shooting 5-of-11 from the field...The Wildcats made just 21.1 percent (4- of-19) of their shots from the three-point arc.

 

For more information on today's game, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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UCLA Vs. Arizona: Battle For First Place, The View From Both Sides

Today's game at Pauley Pavilion is not only the final home game of the season for the UCLA Bruins, but is also a battle for first place in the Pac-10 Conference, as the 12-3 Arizona Wildcats battle the Bruins. UCLA lost 85-74 to Arizona in their first matchup this season, on January 27 in Tucson. Here is a look at today's game, from fans of both schools.

Bruins Nation laments the loss of "Old Pauley," as Pauley Pavilion will undergo renovations this summer, while also previewing today's game:

Of course, the realist will point out that it is hard for us to win the title as we go to Washington next week and Arizona plays the Oregon Schools at home.

But for today it is all about first place.  This game may come down to a few simple things.  The UCLA team of five players vs. the Arizona superstar Derrick Williams.  Can the top UCLA five stay on the floor because for while Arizona has the best player they also have the better bench.  But most of all how many minutes of "Ben Ball style" defense will UCLA play.  For that is how USC beat them Thursday night

Meanwhile, Arizona Desert Swarm said their star forward Derrick Williams was "exposed" in Thursday's loss to USC:

Williams was held scoreless for the first 14:42 of the contest and lacked any type of rhythm or aggressiveness. The nation's leader in free throw attempts didn't make his first trip to the charity stripe until there was only 7:20 left in the game. They were the only two free throws he would shoot all night. 

D-Will was a ghost offensively, and he disappeared in crunch time. He had a chance to cut USC's four-point lead to one as he hoisted a three with 16 seconds left. The shot fell short, symbolizing Williams' underwhelming night.

Today's 1 p.m. PST game will be televised by Prime Ticket, with Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson on the call.

For more information on today's game, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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UCLA Battles Arizona At Pauley Pavilion For Share Of First Place In Pac-10

The UCLA Bruins' final home game of the season is their biggest, as the Bruins will battle the Arizona Wildcats for a share of the lead in the Pac-10 Conference on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. Arizona holds the lead at 12-3, and can clinch a tie for the conference title with a win today, but the Bruins are just one game behind at 11-4. The Bruins lost 85-74 to the Wildcats in Tucson on January 27.

The Bruins are in the rare place of actually having to thank USC, as the Trojans delivered the loss to the Wildcats that the Bruins needed, a 65-57 loss at Galen Center on Thursday night. If UCLA wins out -- which would include wins over Arizona and Washington in their final three games -- they will finish no worse than tied for first place in the Pac-10. The Bruins beat Arizona State 71-53 on Thursday night.

In their first meeting this year, Reeves Nelson led the Bruins with 24 points and 10 rebounds, including shooting 10-for-12 from the field. But Arizona pulled away in the second half, shooting 60.9% from the field after halftime. Derrick Williams led the Wildcats with 22 points in 29 minutes. For the game, the Bruins made two of 15 shots from three-point range while Arizona made six of 10 from beyond the arc.

Today's 1 p.m. PST game will be televised on Prime Ticket, with Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson on the call. During the game, as part of John R. Wooden weekend on Fox Sports Net, there will be "a series of originally produced vignettes honoring coach Wooden," in addition to coaches wearing pyramid of success lapel pins. All fans in attendance will be given a copy of Wooden's pyramid of success as well.

For more information on today's game, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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