Battered Bruins upset Arizona

first_imgTUCSON, Ariz. — UCLA came to the McKale Center banged up, bruised and battered. The Bruins hadn’t won here since 1997 and they left bruised and battered, too. But they also left with a win. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “It’s a great win,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “Coming off a disappointing loss (vs. Cal last Saturday), to come here and beat a great team like Arizona with three seniors not able to play.” And leaving with a sophomore who might not be able to play. Farmar is considering a hiatus to let his right ankle heal. Farmar scored 11 points but also had six turnovers in 24 minutes. He played only 10 minutes in the second half but made two free throws with 20 seconds left and another pair with 10 seconds left to give UCLA an 83-79 lead, which sealed the victory. Farmar left the game with 4:35 left in the first half after stepping on a player’s foot and rolling his right ankle again, the fourth injury on that ankle this season. He returned but he wasn’t the same. And now he might sit out for a while. “That might be the best thing,” Farmar said. “I’m going to talk to my family and sit down with Coach and see what the best thing is for both of us.” UCLA rode Arron Afflalo once again and had solid performances all-around in a freshman and sophomore-only lineup. The young Bruins even held off a last-minute surge for an 85-79 win over Arizona in front of a sellout crowd of 14,696 Thursday night at McKale Center. Even with point guard Jordan Farmar hobbling around, the 17th-ranked Bruins (12-2, 2-1 Pacific-10 Conference) still won. center_img During the game, Farmar went to the training room, where he got the ankle re-taped. While he was away, the Bruins were just fine. Afflalo had 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting. He made a ridiculous runner, a 3-pointer from the left wing in transition, a jump shot from the baseline, and shots in the lane. Everything he did worked. He even played with three fouls, collecting the third with 2:46 left in the first half. The Bruins controlled the second half but never led by more than eight. It got interesting in the final minute as Arizona pulled within two points on an Afflalo mistake. He turned the ball over UCLA did so 23 times against the press in the backcourt. Chris Rodgers stole the ball, made the basket and was fouled. He converted the three-point play with 35.2 seconds left to pull the Wildcats (9-4, 2-1) within two at 79-77. Farmar then made two free throws and after a Marcus Williams basket, Farmar made another pair of free throws. “We played well,” Arizona coach Lute Olson said. “They played great.” Josh Shipp scored 14 points and Luc Mbah a Moute added eight points and nine rebounds. Lorenzo Mata, who started at center, had nine points and seven rebounds. Mata drew consecutive fouls within a nine-second span and made 3 of 4 free throws to give UCLA a 71-63 lead with 5:25 left. Arizona guard Hassan Adams was held to 21 points after averaging 28 in the Wildcats’ first two Pac-10 games. Center Michael Fey (ankle), forward Cedric Bozeman (shoulder) and guard Janou Rubin (flu) didn’t make the trip. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img