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Jordan Adams, Kaleb Tarczewski foul helped UCLA top Arizona for the third time

Mar 15, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

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The third time was not the charm for Arizona. After dropping the first two meets with UCLA, a Kyle Anderson offensive rebound and putback with 24 seconds remaining gave the Bruins a 66-64 win, their third victory in as many tries against the Wildcats while advancing to Pac-12 Tournament championship game.

However, Anderson’s bucket wasn’t the most important play of the game. Jordan Adams, who scored a game-high 24 points picked Mark Lyons with UCLA leading 62-61 with 1:19 remaining. Adams looked to get a transition bucket but Arizona 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski wrapped up the fellow freshman, keeping Adams from scoring, but taking his fifth foul in the process.

Adams would connect on both free throws, giving the Bruins a 64-61 advantage. Arizona’s other freshman big, Grant Jerrett also made a key play down the stretch, tying the game with a 3-pointer. Adams tried to respond, but missed, Kyle Anderson — another freshman — was able to bully his way past his defender and collect the rebound for the offensive rebound and game-winning score.

Solomon Hill’s three was off the mark as UCLA hung on.

Arizona won the rebound war, grabbing 35 to UCLA’s 28. However, Tarczewski had over a third of the team’s rebounding with 13 boards (four of nine offensive). Take away his production on the glass and the Bruins had a six-point edge in the rebounding department. Without Tarczewski on the floor, it left a whole in the middle, one Anderson took advantage of.

The third act of this Arizona-UCLA series featured many big-time plays from freshmen on both sides, however, a foul from the 7-foot freshman  looks to be the most critical of them all.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

  1. retaeyssup - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    No Arizona fan, but those refs looked like they had money on the game. Very one sided calls in the 2nd half killed AZ momentum.

  2. funktron2x - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Nick Johnson and Mark Lyons failed SO hard on the Anderson basket. Both could have boxed him out, he was at 3pt line during shot… neither guard did anything to prevent easy board and bucket. bah!

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