Muhammad scores 23, lifts UCLA past No. 6 Arizona in Pac-12 clash

TUCSON, Ariz. – Bishop Gorman product Shabazz Muhammad scored 23 points, Jordan Adams added 15 and UCLA rode a dominating start to an 84-73 victory over No. 6 Arizona on Thursday.

The Pac-12’s top scoring and shooting team, UCLA tried to turn Arizona’s whiteout into a blowout, racing to a 16-point lead after seven minutes at the McKale Center. Even after Arizona chipped away, the Bruins (16-4, 6-1) kept their composure to gain a big road win.

David Wear added 15 points and eight rebounds for UCLA.

Confident and crisp on offense, the Bruins hit eight of their first 12 shots to take a 19-3 lead. Arizona helped out by clanging shot after shot, opening 1-for-13, with most of those around the rim.

The Wildcats (16-2, 4-12) never fully recovered, pulling no closer than four points after digging a big opening hole.

Nick Johnson scored 23 points, Mark Lyons added 16 and Solomon Hill 13 for Arizona, which made only 5 of 24 3-point attempts.

Tony Parker scored on a three-point play, Muhammad dropped in a 3-pointer and UCLA pushed the lead to 70-60 with about four minutes left.

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