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Arizona needs escape act again to stay undefeated
Arizona let the opposing team dictate the pace on its home court, struggled defensively in the second half and watched as yet another last-second...
TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona let the opposing team dictate the pace on its home court, struggled defensively in the second half and watched as yet another last-second shot ping-ponged off the rim and the backboard.
When the shot finally fell to the floor, the Wildcats walked off with another close victory and another big sigh of relief.
Coming off a nail-biting win in its conference opener, No. 3 Arizona escaped with a 60-57 victory over Utah on Saturday after a last-second shot by Utes guard Jarred DuBois bounced twice off the rim and once off the backboard before missing.
"We pulled out another lucky one," Arizona swingman Kevin Parrom said. "We've had a lot of lucky ones the past couple of weeks."
They sure have.
Arizona (14-0, 2-0 Pac-12) pulled out a one-point victory over Florida in a matchup of top-10 teams on Dec. 15 by scoring seven points in the final 56 seconds.
The Wildcats earned another close win in the Diamondhead Classic title game on Christmas when Nick Johnson swatted away a shot that secured a one-point win over San Diego State.
Arizona pulled off perhaps its best rabbit-out-of-the-hat trick of the season Thursday, rallying from 16 points down in the second half to beat Colorado 92-83 in overtime.
The Wildcats struggled with Utah's mix of man and zone defense most of the game, shooting 36 percent. The Wildcats let the Utes slow the pace and ended up with no points on the fast break.
Solomon Hill led Arizona with 19 points, Mark Lyons had 12 and four assists, and Brandon Ashley scored 11.
The Utes leave the desert with two disappointing losses. Utah (8-6, 0-2) lost in overtime to Arizona State in its conference opener.
Jason Washburn had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Utes, who still haven't won a road or neutral-court conference game since joining the Pac-12 last season.
At UCLA 68, Stanford 60
Shabazz Muhammad scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half when the Bruins pulled away from the Cardinal, extending their winning streak to seven games.
The Bruins (12-3, 2-0) are on their longest run of consecutive wins since taking 10 in a row during the 2008-09 season.
Dwight Powell had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Stanford (9-6, 0-2).
California 72, at USC 64
Allen Crabbe scored 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting, leading the Golden Bears (9-5, 1-1) past the Trojans.
USC (6-9, 1-1) was led by Eric Wise's 14 points.
Crabbe was 8 for 8 from the foul line as Cal salvaged a split on its trip to southern California.
Washington 68, WSU 63
UCLA 68, Stanford 60
Arizona 60, Utah 57
California 72, USC 64
Colorado at Arizona St.
Oregon at Oregon St.