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UCLA Upsets Arizona, 84-73

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2013

UCLA 84, Arizona 73 

In a game that was supposed to be a showcase for the Arizona Wildcats (16-2, 4-2), they fell flat and could never recover from a disastrous start against the UCLA Bruins (16-4, 6-1).

The first half saw plenty of turnovers and missed lay ups by the Wildcats, which was something that eventually came back to haunt Sean Miller's team.

The second half saw much of the same for the home team as their star Mark Lyons could barely find a rhythm all night, the senior ended with 16 points but more importantly he did record an assist. 

UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad exploded to begin the first half with seven points.

Muhammad was the star of the game and ended with 22 points. 

What was even more impressive about the performance of the Bruins was that they played without forward Travis Wear, who was out for the entire second half with concussion-like symptoms. 

In place of his brother, David Wear stepped up to the plate and scored 15 points to catapult the Bruins to the 16th victory of the season. 

Next up for both teams are conference games on Saturday with UCLA visiting Arizona State and Arizona hosting USC.

Follow me on Twitter, @JTansey90. 


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