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Arizona Defeats UCLA for Seventh Straight

UCLA's Jerome Moise (0) goes up to defend against a shot by Arizona's Loren Woods.

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AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Wright scored 22 points and Gilbert Arenas added 18 as No. 2 Arizona defeated No. 25 UCLA 76-61 Thursday night for its seventh straight victory.

Wright, one of only three Wildcats to previously play in Pauley Pavilion, dominated the low post in the first half with 14 points. Arenas, a freshman from nearby North Hollywood, scored 15 points in the second half.

The Wildcats (16-2, 5-0 Pac-10) also got 20 points from Jason Gardner, who along with Arenas makes up Arizona's freshmen backcourt.

Arizona freshman Luke Walton made his second career start playing for the first time at his father's alma mater. The younger Walton doesn't shoot much but had four assists in 37 minutes.

Bill Walton, who led UCLA to two NCAA titles and 30-0 seasons in 1972 and '73, was in the stands to hear fans chant ``Dad's house'' at his son.

Jerome Moiso led the Bruins (10-5, 1-3) with 22 points. His basket early in the second half tied the game at 32 before Arizona went on a 28-13 run for a 60-45 lead with 5:41 remaining.

Twice during their run the Wildcats had 7-0 spurts as the Bruins wasted possessions with turnovers and missed shots, including an airball by Earl Watson.

UCLA regrouped for a 12-3 scoring run, helped by consecutive 3-pointers from Jason Kapono and a three-point play by reserve Billy Knight, to trail 63-57 with 3:30 remaining.

But that was all the Bruins could muster, with Watson, Dan Gadzuric, Kapono, Moiso and Rico Hines in foul trouble and continued carelessness with the ball that led to 26 turnovers.

The Bruins trailed by just two at halftime despite missing all 11 3-point attempts and never getting to the free-throw line in the first half when the Wildcats had only three fouls.

UCLA didn't get to the foul line for the first time until there was five minutes left in the game. The Bruins finished 2 of 4 on free throws and were 3 of 21 from 3-point range.

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