Recap: Arizona vs. U-C-L-A
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Solomon Hill scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead fourth-seeded Arizona to a 66-58 victory over fifth-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday.
Jesse Perry also grabbed 12 boards while scoring 16, Kyle Fogg chipped in 13 points and Arizona (22-10) advanced to Friday's semifinals to face ninth- seeded Oregon State, which upset top-seeded Washington earlier Thursday.
The Bruins (19-14) were led by Lazeric Jones, who scored 17 points, and Jerime Anderson, who had 14. Travis Wear added 10 points and ripped down six rebounds in the loss.
"We had our opportunites to win this game today and we did not seize the moment," remarked UCLA head coach Ben Howland after the game. "You have to make those free throws in those tight situations and you have to take better care of the ball."
The difference came at the free throw line, where the Wildcats knocked down 31-of-36 attempts while UCLA went to line just 16 times, connecting on 10 of its attempts.
Leading by as many as nine early in the second half, Arizona went eight minutes without a bucket from the field but did managed to go 9-of-10 from the line during the drought.
The Bruins were able to capitalize, though, as Tyler Lamb's layup with 8:17 left gave UCLA a 46-45 edge.
Anderson later tied the game at 51 with a trey after four straight points from the Wildcats, but Arizona reeled off a 10-2 run to take a 61-53 lead with just under three minutes remaining.
Jones quelled the run with a layup to spark a 5-1 spurt to pull the Bruins within four with 34.2 seconds remaining, but Hill nailed four straight at the line to seal the victory for the Wildcats.
Hill and Perry combined to go 24-of-27 from the free throw line to push the Wildcats into the semifinals.
"I think a part of what I'm really proud of here this afternoon is that we really were very tough-minded," said Arizona head coach Sean Miller. "We were very good on defense and that's been the identity of our team all season long."
Hill's third three-pointer of the first half gave the Wildcats a 21-11 edge, but UCLA netted 10 of the next 12 points to pull within two.
However, Arizona tallied the final five points of the half, taking a 29-23 lead into the locker room.Game Notes