TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Salim Stoudamire may have drawn inspiration from his cousin, Damon Stoudamire, but he did his cousin one better.
Stoudamire scored 24 of his season-high 32 points in the second half and hit a long 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds to play to lift No. 16 Arizona to a thrilling 76-73 victory over Pac-10 rival UCLA.
Damon Stoudamire scored a Portland-franchise record 54 points Friday, but it wasn't enough as the New Orleans Hornets beat the Trail Blazers, 114-108. Salim would not let his team lose in this one.
After Arizona turned the ball over and UCLA's Arron Afflalo hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to tie the game, 70-70, with 17 seconds left, Stoudamire took the ball down court and hit the 30-foot straightaway jumper.
"We wanted to run the clock down as far as possible," Stoudamire said. "Usually coach likes me coming off a pick and roll, but I don't like that. I don't feel anybody can guard me so I decided to run (four guys down on the baseline)."
Stoudamire finished 11-of-16 from the floor and was the only Arizona player to score a field goal in the last 15 minutes. He continued his outstanding 3-point shooting, knocking down 4-of-7 from the arc and is shooting 56 percent (50-of-86) for the season.
"Salim got it going in the second half and you can see what happens when he gets it going," Olson said. "When he gets off the screen with the opportunity to shoot the ball, he's on fire. The amazing thing is he shoots the ball like that all the time."
His performance was reminiscent of his last game against the Bruins last season, when he scored 34 points on 13-of-17 shooting, including 7-of-9 from the arc. He set his career high of 37 points later in the season against Oregon.
"Stoudamire was shooting hot," UCLA coach Ben Howland said. "They were playing to him and he was hitting his shots. We tried to deny him the ball defensively but Arizona showed good patience. ... Stoudamire was fabulous in the second."
However, the game would not end without more excitement.
Arizona stole the inbounds pass and Hassan Adams was fouled with 1.2 seconds remaining. But the Wildcat players stormed the court thinking the game was over and were accessed a technical foul. Jordan Farmar missed both shots for UCLA that pretty much sealed its fate.
Adams stepped to the line and missed two, but the game ended before the Bruins could get a shot.
Trailing, 56-51, with 12:26 remaining, Stoudamire sparked a 17-5 run with 13 points on a 3-pointer, layup and four jumpers as Arizona took a 68-61 lead with just over four minutes to play.
The Bruins scored seven straight and drew even at 68-68 on two free throws by Dijon Thompson with 99 seconds to play, but Stoudamire made four free throws in the next 49 seconds after being fouled twice on drives to the basket.
Arizona's Mustafa Shakur added a free throw, but Thompson answered with a jumper to cut UCLA's deficit to 73-70. After a timeout, Arizona (14-3, 3-1 Pac 10) threw the ball out of bounds with 24 seconds to go. Afflalo then delivered his 3-pointer.
"Coach (Olson) talked to us about desire (at halftime)," Stoudamire said. "'Are you going to let them beat us up?'. We came out hard, it was a fight to the end but we pulled it out."
Thompson scored 15 of his 27 points in the first 20 minutes and UCLA shot 61 percent (17-of-28) from the floor for a 42-38 halftime lead. But the young Bruins, who start three freshmen, were limited to 27 percent (8-of-30) in the second half and committed 23 turnovers overall.
"I don't think they scored a free throw in the last six or seven minutes," Olson said. "I think we tired them and their legs weren't the same in the second half. They played well, though. Their freshmen are for real."
"We missed early looks in the second half and we had costly turnovers," Howland said. "The turnovers for the most part were in our half of the court. ... We are very disappointed with this loss. We had plenty of opportunities to win this game."
Channing Frye scored all 15 of his points in the first half and Ivan Radenovic had eight points and 14 rebounds for Arizona, which won its eighth straight game against UCLA in Tucson.
Farmar, a freshman point guard, had 15 points but shot just 4-of-12 from the floor and committed four turnovers for UCLA (10-4, 4-2), which had its four-game winning streak snapped.