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Updated: Sunday, February 13, 2005 12:31 AM EST
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(13) Arizona 83, UCLA 73

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Salim Stoudamire didn't need any late heroics to inch Lute Olson closer to John Wooden.

Stoudamire overcame a slow start to score 22 and Ivan Radenovic recorded his second career double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds as No. 13 Arizona came away with an 83-73 victory over Pac-10 rival UCLA.

In their first meeting on January 15, Stoudamire scored a season-high 32 points, including a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining for a 76-73 victory for the Wildcats. In this one, coach Lute Olson earned his 301st conference triumph, three behind John Wooden - who was in attendance - for the all-time lead.

"Well, coach Wooden has been a great friend for a lot of years and if and I do get it, there should be an asterisk because he's the greatest ever," Olson said. "If and when it happens, it will be bittersweet. He's the epitome of what coaching is all about."

The victory also moved Arizona (21-4, 11-2 Pac-10) one-half game ahead of idle 11th-ranked Washington for first place in the conference standings.

With the Bruins holding their largest lead at 47-42 with 17:35 left, Stoudamire scored eight of his 15 second-half points in the Wildcats' 19-0 run over the next five minutes that ended any thoughts of an upset.

"At that point, we all said we had to stop being selfish and start playing team ball like we had in the previous games," Stoudamire said. "Defense was the key. We got transition buckets and they couldn't get back. They got a little tired, I thought."

"We got the good run and made it very difficult for them to score," Olson said. "Then we got more touches on the ball and started to knock some shots down. We do so much better when we share the ball."

Freshman Jordan Farmar led the Bruins with a season-high 27 points, but he could not hide his frustration over the Arizona spurt.

"It really doesn't matter because we lost," said Farmar of his scoring. "We couldn't stop them during that second-half run. Then after they got that big lead, they spread the court. They didn't miss too many shots during that run and we missed too many."

Behind eight 3-pointers in the first half, UCLA (13-8, 7-6) led at the half, 39-36. Farmar had three 3-pointers en route to 15 points in the half.

"I thought Jordan had an outstanding game," Bruins coach Ben Howland said. "He was huge for us today."

"I don't care about that (Farmar's points)," Stoudamire said. "We bounced back in the second half. That showed character. We knew they wouldn't stay hot in the second half. They had a lot of wide open looks in the first half. We just started to get our hands up on their shooters."

Arizona kept it close behind Radenovic and Mustafa Shakur's 17 while freshman Arron Affalo scored nine of his 13 in the first half for UCLA, which needed to win this game to have any real chance to win the Pac-10 regular season title.

Leading scorer Dijon Thompson, who had scored at least 22 in his previous four games including a career-high 39 on Thursday, was limited to just 10 points by the Wildcats' defense.

"We all take a lot of pride in our defense and all of us can switch on him," Arizona center Channing Frye said. "If we can get somebody with long arms, we can give him trouble."


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