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UCLA shuts down No. 23 Arizona 65-52

Posted at 10:53 PM, Feb 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-09 00:53:40-05

TUCSON, Ariz — Riley Smith had 15 points, Tyger Campbell added 12 and UCLA shut down No. 23 Arizona for a 65-52 win on Saturday night.

The Bruins (13-12, 6-5 Pac-12) bounced back from an ugly loss to Arizona State with a superb defensive game and 9-of-17 shooting from 3-point range.

UCLA shot 51% overall and used a big second half run to pull away, handing Arizona its second loss in 12 games at McKale Center this season.

Arizona (16-7, 6-4) hung in with 3-point shooting in the first half, but missed all 12 of its attempts in the second. The Wildcats shot 25% and went 6 of 29 in the second half

Zeke Nnaji had 14 points and 10 rebounds, but shot 2 of 8. He made all 10 of his free throws.

Heading into Saturday's game, Arizona had been struggling to hold onto big leads.

The Wildcats blew a 22-point lead in a loss to rival Arizona State and, after sweeping the Washington schools, let most of a 20-point lead wither away in a win over USC on Thursday.

UCLA's run of quality games came to an end in a desert clunker on Thursday, when the Bruins were outplayed at both ends in an 84-66 loss to Arizona State.

Saturday's game was a 3-point shooting contest at the start.

Neither team hit a 2-point shot in the first seven minutes and nine of the first 12 made shots were 3s.

The 3-over-2 trend continued the rest of the half.

UCLA hit 6 of 10 from outside the arc, 4 of 13 inside it and led 29-28.

Arizona had a seven-minute span without a field goal of any kind.

The Bruins hit six of their first nine shots of the second half — four were 2s — to stretch their lead to nine.

Arizona answered with an 8-0 run to pull within one, but UCLA answered with a 14-1 run.


UCLA got back to its winning ways with a strong all-around performance in one of college basketball's most difficult road environments.

Arizona has been led by freshmen Nnaji, Nico Mannon and Josh Green, but the freshman trio shot a combined 7 of 33 against the Bruins.


UCLA hosts Washington State on Thursday.

Arizona is at California Thursday.