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Arizona beats UCLA in instant classic as Trier returns

Posted at 4:12 PM, Jan 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-27 17:02:01-05

The Arizona Wildcats defeated the third-ranked UCLA Bruins (19-2) by a score of 96-85 in exciting fashion Saturday afternoon. 

Sophomore guard Allonzo Trier played in his first game of the season after missing UA's first 19 games due to a suspension and finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. 

UA was led by freshmen Lauri Markkanen and Kobi Simmons, the pair finished with a combined 38 points. 

UCLA freshman sensation Lonzo Ball was a thorn in the side of Arizona for much of the game as he added a team-high 24 points. 

Arizona's staunch defense proved to be the difference as they came away with key steals at crucial points of the game. 

Arizona is now 18-2 and 7-0 in PAC 12 play. 

The Wildcats will play Washington State on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at the McKale Center. The game can be seen on the PAC 12 network.