LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- UCLA coach Steve Lavin's job was in jeopardy way before his team hosted second-ranked Arizona. The situation likely got a whole lot worse.
Salim Stoudamire led five players in double figures with 19 points as the Wildcats embarrassed the Bruins, 87-52, to hand the hosts their all-time worst defeat at Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA's previous worst home defeat was a 104-82 setback to California on January 24, 1993.
"It's just a situation where they played extremely well," Lavin said. "That's what happens when you play a No. 2 in the country. The whole season has had an odd rhythm."
It also marked the first time the Bruins had lost seven games at Pauley Pavilion in one season. The Bruins, who lost in front of legendary coach John Wooden to fall to 2-7 at home, never had suffered a worse home record than the 1987-88 squad's 11-6 mark.
Channing Frye added 12 points and Jason Gardner and Los Angeles native Hassan Adams 11 apiece for the Wildcats (13-1, 6-0 Pac-10 Conference), who completed their first two-game road sweep of UCLA and Southern California since the 1992-93 campaign. Arizona beat USC on Thursday, 81-72.
"It was a good sweep for us," Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "Our defense has been very tough, and today, we made it very difficult for UCLA to get things done on offense."
The Bruins (4-9, 2-3) scored the first points of the game on a layup by Jason Kapono but Stoudamire countered with a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats the lead for good. Arizona opened up a 24-14 advantage on a hook shot by Frye with just over four minutes remaining in the half and led by double digits thereafter.
"I think this was one of our better starts," Gardner said. "Lots of other games we haven't come out as well.
Things got so bad for UCLA in the second half that Lapin substituted up to four players at a time, bringing in little-used reserves.
"Those kids work pretty hard every day and they rarely get an opportunity," Lavin said. "You're just looking for a spark. You're looking for your offensive swagger. You just have to keep trying to teach and coach to the best of your abilities."
Arizona likely will become the new No. 1 team in the nation when the polls are unveiled on Monday. Top-ranked Duke lost at Maryland earlier on Saturday.
"We didn't want to come into this game and, with Duke's loss, try to do anything other than play our game," Gardner said. "Our biggest focus was to come in, play well and get the win."
"We slipped up in LSU (a 66-65 loss on December 21) but I still think we're the best team in the country," said Wildcats forward Luke Walton, who totaled just five points, five rebounds and five assists. "It was just a matter of time before the other teams slipped up so that we could get back to the top."
T.J. Cummings scored 12 points to pace the Bruins, who shot just 32 percent (21-of-66).
"I really don't have anything to say," Cummings said. "Give credit to U of A. That's all."
Star forward Kapono was limited to just four points on 2-of-7 shooting.
"Today we were really cold at the offensive end," said Dijon Thompson, who scored 10 points and was the team's only other player in double figures. "When Jason's not playing well, we just all have to step up."
"Stoudamire played well," Olson said. "His outside shooting means so much to us, not to mention his defense today on Kapono. I think he made it difficult for Jason to get into a rhythm."