BEAR DOWN: UCLA routs Arizona 90-69 to end 3-game skid

No Chase Jeter for 2nd straight game and the Wildcats had no chance in Westwood

BEAR DOWN: UCLA routs Arizona 90-69 to end 3-game skid
Arizona guard Justin Coleman, right, reaches for the ball against UCLA guard Kris Wilkes during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kris Wilkes scored a career-high 34 points, Moses Brown had 11 points and 15 rebounds, and UCLA defeated Arizona 90-69 on Saturday night to snap a three-game skid.

The Bruins (11-9, 4-3 Pac-12) opened a 20-point lead early in the second half when Wilkes scored their first six points and Jalen Hill completed a 3-point play.

Wilkes tied his career high with five 3-pointers in the second half when UCLA shot 67 percent from the floor and never allowed Arizona to make a run. He also hit all five of his free throw attempts.

Jaylen Hands added 12 points and 11 assists for the Bruins.

The Wildcats (14-7, 5-3) went nearly five minutes without a field goal until Williams hit a 3-pointer that left them trailing 62-41.

Wilkes scored 10 in a row, including two 3s, and Hill's dunk gave UCLA its largest lead of the game, 70-44.

Brandon Williams led Arizona with 19 points in the Wildcats' first visit to Pauley Pavilion in two years. They won that game 96-85 in January 2017 when both teams were ranked in the top 10.

The Pac-12's longtime powers have fallen from that lofty perch with both schools struggling during a season in which no league school currently resides in the Top 25.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: The Wildcats stumbled through two blowout losses in LA, the other one by 23 points at USC. They've dropped three of four but in a weakened Pac-12 they're still in the upper tier of the standings.

UCLA: The Bruins bounced back in nearly all categories from their nine-point loss to Arizona State. They made free throws, controlled the boards and played well with the lead. They face first-place Washington on the road next weekend.

HONORING THE PAST

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and several of his teammates from UCLA's 1969 national championship squad were honored at halftime. Abdul-Jabbar leaned on a long cane during the introductions. Earlier, he met 7-foot-1 freshman Moses Brown, who is the Bruins' tallest player since 1992-93. Bill Walton, another legendary UCLA big man, chatted with Brown during early warmups before doing TV commentary.

UP NEXT

Arizona: At Arizona State on Friday in the first of two rivalry meetings.

UCLA: Visits next-to-last place Washington State on Wednesday.

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