5. Arizona 76, UCLA 73 (2005)
Unranked UCLA got a stellar performance from Dijon Thompson (27 points, 10 boards) to hang right with the No. 17 Wildcats in Tucson, Ariz. Only a 24-point second half from Salim Stoudamire—including the game-winning trey with 2.5 seconds to play—saved Arizona.
4. UCLA 68, Arizona 66 (2008)
Kevin Love played like an All-American in Tucson, laying waste to the Wildcats front line with 24 points and 15 boards. Nevertheless, Chase Budinger’s 24 points kept the game close until the end, when Jerryd Bayless (who played all 40 minutes, along with Budinger and Jawann McClellan) just missed a potential game-tying jumper.
3. Arizona 105, UCLA 94 (1991)
Wildcats center Brian Williams (later Bison Dele) overwhelmed No. 14 UCLA with 32 points and 14 boards, but when his late turnover helped the Bruins take the lead at Pauley Pavilion, Chris Mills had his back. Mills’ buzzer-beater sent the game to overtime, where the fifth-ranked Wildcats’ inside-outside duo combined for nine more points to secure the win.
2. UCLA 79, Arizona 77 (2001)
Gilbert Arenas had led Arizona to a No. 8 national ranking, so his 30-point showcase at Pauley Pavilion came as little surprise. The shocker was in how the 24th-ranked Bruins managed to overcome his efforts.
Dan Gadzuric, on crutches the previous week with a sprained ankle, came out and played 41 of 45 minutes in an overtime thriller, turning in the game of his life. The lumbering center outmuscled smaller Arizona for 22 points and 17 rebounds to lead four Bruins in double figures in the win.
1. UCLA 89, Arizona 87 (1992)
The national spotlight on this rivalry has never been brighter than when No. 2 UCLA headed to Tucson to challenge No. 6 Arizona and its 71-game home winning streak. The intensity at the McKale Center was so high that even Lute Olson boiled over, receiving a technical foul that helped put the Wildcats in a seven-point hole in the final minutes.
Arizona battled back to tie the game on a Wayne Womack jumper with 19 seconds to play, but UCLA got one more chance. Combo guard Darrick Martin drained a runner with less than a second to play, making Don MacLean’s 38-point night hold up for a huge Bruins victory.