Arizona holds off UCLA for 79-75 win

January 10, 2014 

Nick Johnson scored 22 points, and No. 1 Arizona withstood a late UCLA run to beat the Bruins, 79-75, on Thursday night, equaling the best start in school history at 16-0.

The Wildcats (3-0 Pac-12) held on despite blowing a 13-point lead with 6:16 to play and committing a season-worst 17 turnovers.

Kaleb Tarczewski made all six of his field-goal attempts and scored 16 points for the Wildcats, who snapped a three-game skid against the Bruins in the lone regular-season meeting between the longtime conference powers.

The 1931-32 Wildcats also began the season 16-0.

Freshman Zach LaVine hit a 3-pointer that got UCLA to 77-75 with 15 seconds left, but he missed another one with 2 seconds to go that would have left the Bruins down one.

Kyle Anderson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Jordan Adams added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins (12-3, 1-1), who went on a late 15-1 run. They haven’t beaten a top-ranked team since March 13, 2003, when they took down Arizona in overtime in the Pac-12 tournament.

PAC-12 MEN

California 96, at No. 17 Oregon 83: The Golden Bears (11-4, 2-0) earned their 12th win in a row over the Ducks.

Freshman Jordan Mathews scored 32 points for Cal, while Justin Cobbs had 20 points and 11 assists.

Guard Joseph Young had 29 points to lead the Ducks (13-2, 1-2), who lost their second consecutive game.

Arizona State 79, at USC 60: Jordan Bachynski had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Jahii Carson scored 18 points despite being held scoreless for the first 15 minutes, and the Sun Devils (13-3, 2-1) snapped the Trojans’ nine-game winning streak at home.

Former Kentridge High School standout Shaquielle McKissic had 12 points and eight rebounds for Arizona State.

Byron Wesley led USC (9-6, 0-2) with 20 points.

At Oregon State 81, Stanford 72: Roberto Nelson scored 21 points, and Eric Moreland had 17 points and 15 rebounds to lift the Beavers (9-6, 1-2). Freshman guard Hallice Cooke had a career-high 16 points in his first start.

Chasson Randle led the Cardinal (9-5, 0-2) with 30 points on 10-of-18 shooting.

NORTHWEST MEN

At New Mexico State 96, Seattle 87: DK Eldridge scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the Aggies (13-5, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference) beat the Redhawks (8-7, 0-2).

Seattle trimmed its deficit to single digits on an Isiah Umipig 3-pointer with 52 seconds left, but New Mexico State made 13 of 15 free throws in the final 2:23 to hold off the Redhawks.

Deshaun Sunderhaus had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Umipig 24 points and D’Vonne Pickett 20 for Seattle.

At Eastern Washington 69, Montana 62: Martin Seiferth had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Tyler Harvey scored 25 points as the Eagles (6-8, 1-2) beat the Grizzlies (6-6, 1-2) for their first Big Sky Conference win of the season.

EWU outshot Montana, 45 percent to 44 percent.

MEN’S TOP 25 HIGHLIGHTS

Joe Jackson and Shaq Goodwin each scored 15 points, and No. 24 Memphis rallied late for a 73-67 road upset of No. 12 Louisville. All five starters scored in double figures for Memphis (11-3, 2-1 American Athletic Conference). The Tigers shot 51 percent against the Cardinals (13-3, 2-1). … Aaron White had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Melsahn Basabe added 16 points with 10 rebounds, and No. 20 Iowa (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) routed Northwestern (7-9, 0-3), 93-67, at home. The Hawkeyes played without coach Fran McCaffery, who was suspended one game by the Big Ten for an outburst directed at officials during last weekend’s loss at Wisconsin.

WOMEN’S TOP 25 HIGHLIGHTS

Coach Dawn Staley came to South Carolina promising to build the program into a Southeastern Conference power, and the No. 10 Gamecocks let the rest of the league know they are ready to spend some time on top with a 68-59 home win over No. 9 Kentucky (13-3, 1-2). South Carolina (15-1, 3-0) held the conference’s best offense 33 points below its average. … Freshman Diamond DeShields scored 21 points to help No. 13 North Carolina defeat No. 20 North Carolina State, 79-70, in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels (13-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a 24-2 run late in the first half to take control against the Wolfpack (14-2, 1-1).

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