UCLA Keeps Close, But Falls To No. 17 Arizona, 76-73

Jan. 15, 2005

AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Salim Stoudamire capped a 24-point second half with a3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to give No. 17 Arizona a 76-73 victory overUCLA on Saturday, snapping the Bruins' four-game Pac-10 winning streak.

The left-handed senior, who finished with 32 points, scored 24 of theWildcats' final 29 points.

After his 3-pointer from the top of the key put the Wildcats up, Arizona'sHassan Adams stole a UCLA pass and was fouled. Arizona was called for atechnical foul, though, when two players rushed the court in celebration with1.2 seconds left.

However, Jordan Farmar of UCLA missed both free throws, then Adams missedhis two, and the game ended before the Bruins could get off another shot.

Stoudamire was 9-of-11 from the field in the second half, most of the shotsmid-range jumpers, and was 11-for-16 for the game. He also made all six of hisfree throws.

Channing Frye added 15 points for the Wildcats (14-3, 4-1), all in the firsthalf. Ivan Radenovic scored eight points and grabbed a career-high 14 reboundsfor Arizona.

Dijon Thompson led UCLA with 27 points on 10-for-16 shooting and had 10rebounds. Farmar added 15 points and Arron Afflalo had 13 for the Bruins (10-4,4-2), who shot 61 percent (17-for-28) in the first half but just 27 percent(8-for-30) in the second.

The Bruins committed 23 turnovers in losing at McKale Center for the eighthconsecutive season.

Stoudamire scored 17 of his team's 18 points in a 9{-minute stretch in thesecond half, while the Bruins went 9:16 without a field goal, missing 11consecutive shots.

Stoudamire scored the first 12 points in a 15-3 run that put Arizona up68-61 on Adams' steal and three-point play with 4:04 to go.

Frye's goaltending on Thompson's short jumper ended UCLA's field goaldrought and triggered a 7-0 spurt that tied it at 68 when Thompson made twofree throws with 1:38 to go. Stoudamire sank two free throws to give Arizona a70-68 lead with 1:28 left, and two more with 50 seconds remaining to put theWildcats ahead 72-68. Mustafa Shakur made one of two free throws to make it73-68 with 40 seconds left.

But Thompson made a 10-footer, then Adams threw the ball away against UCLA'spress and Afflalo hit a 3-pointer from the corner to tie it at 73 with 16seconds to play.

Stoudamire calmly dribbled the ball up court, then let fly far beyond the3-point line for the game-winner.

UCLA led most of the game but never by more than eight points.