LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Josh Shipp made a short bank shot to give
UCLA a five-point lead, an angry Lute Olson called timeout, and the
Pauley Pavilion crowd of 12,681 went wild.
It appeared the Bruins just might be on their way to an upset of Arizona.
They didn't come close.
Arizona came out of the timeout, silenced the UCLA fans by
scoring 19 straight points, and the Wildcats (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today; No. 12 AP) went on from there to
beat the Bruins 83-73 Saturday.
"Once we got that timeout, the guys came out and made it tough
for UCLA to score," Olson said.
When it was over, the Wildcats led 61-47.
"It went quick," UCLA freshman Jordan Farmar said. "They made
some big shots and we took some bad ones."
The Bruins weren't closer than the final margin after that, and
made the game seem closer than it actually was by scoring the last
"We all decided we needed to stop being selfish," said
Stoudamire, who scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half to
lead the Wildcats.
"Defense, and we rebounded, got transition buckets. They got a
little tired," Stoudamire replied when asked about the decisive
run. "I don't think that's the best we've played. It's up there,
The Wildcats outrebounded the Bruins 26-12 after halftime and
"That was one of the best halves because we played together,"
Adams said. "I was just loving the way we were playing."
By winning for the 18th time in 20 games and beating UCLA
soundly for the third straight year at Pauley Pavilion, the
Wildcats (21-4, 11-2 Pac-10) moved into first place in the
No. 11 Washington (20-3, 10-2) plays Sunday at Oregon State.
The win was the 301st in conference play for Olson since he
became Arizona's coach in 1983, and moved him within three of
Pac-10 record-holder John Wooden, who watched the game from behind
the Bruins' bench.
Wooden guided UCLA to a 304-74 conference record before retiring
in 1975. Olson's teams are 301-86 against Pac-10 opponents. The
70-year-old Olson and 94-year-old Wooden are both members of the
Basketball Hall of Fame.
"If and when it happens, it will be bittersweet," Olson said
of surpassing Wooden. "He was the greatest ever. It's always a
pleasure to come and see him."
Stoudamire's three-point play with 13:04 left completed the
game-deciding run. Morrison made two free throws a minute later for
UCLA's first points in 5½ minutes.
"We fueled that by not doing a good job getting on their
shooters," UCLA coach Ben Howland said. "We took a lot of
questionable shots. They were more patient than we were. It's the
sign of a veteran team, an experienced team."
Thompson, averaging nearly 19 points, committed two fouls in the
first five minutes, and had only three points in the first half on
one of his team's eight 3-pointers.
"We were prepared for him," Adams said. "He just came off a
great game against ASU. We didn't want him to have another one."
Thompson scored 27 of his career-high 39 points in the first
half of UCLA's 95-76 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night.
"Every time I was on the floor and turned my back, they sent
defenders at me," Thompson said. "I just missed shots. They were
in and out. They felt good, but just didn't go in. After a 39-point
game, teams are going to come after you, and they played tough `D'
Neither team led by more than five points in the first half,
which ended with the Bruins on top 39-38.
Farmar made three of UCLA's five 3-pointers in the first 6½
minutes, but the Bruins' lead was just 17-15 because the Wildcats
came out sharp, too.
UCLA was 8-of-16 from 3-point range and 6-of-13 otherwise in the
first half. After Morrison's 3-pointer with 7:40 left before
halftime, the Bruins made only two more -- both in the second half,
when they were 2-of-13 from long range.
"We knew they couldn't shoot like that the whole game,"
And that's what Olson tells his players.
"The second half, they were taking them under more duress,"
Olson said. "The thing we always say about 3s: If you just keep
making them work, the legs aren't going to be the same the last 10
minutes as they were the first 10 minutes."