By Ken Cross
UCLA placed five players in double figures and stayed in attack mode on both ends of the floor in pulling out an 82-74 win over Arizona at McKale Center in Tucson on Thursday evening.
Aaron Holiday led the Bruins with 17 points, but it was the steady play of Gyorgy Goloman who was the focal poitn for the Bruins. He finished with a career high of 16 points in going 6-of-8 from the floor as he foundd open space beyond the three-point line and nailed three triples.
Goloman scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half as UCLA built a lead by as many as 15. Goloman came off two screens and nailed key three-pointer which stopped any Wildcats hopes in the second half.
UCLA grabbed the lead for good late in the first half as Holiday scored on a layup to give the Bruins a 32-31 lead with 2:14 to play. It sparked a 15-4 Bruins run which gave them a 44-34 lead at the break.
The win coupled with USC’s loss at Arizona State moved the Bruins into a tie with the Trojans for second in the Pac-12 and moved them to within one game of the first place of the Wildcats in the Pac-12 standings.
The Bruins shot 51.6 percent from the field as the closest Arizona could get was at 48-44 with 16:12 to play.