TUCSON, Ariz. — A once-huge lead down to a few points, Shabazz Muhammad popped in a 3-pointer on the wing, then turned a steal into a pair of free throws that gave UCLA a nice cushion.
The big stage and bright lights, that's right where the Bruins' talented freshman guard feels right at home.
Keying a huge early run and hitting big shots down the stretch, Muhammad scored 23 points and lifted UCLA to a signature road win, 84-73 over No. 6 Arizona on Thursday night.
"When the lights are on and the cameras are on, he really comes to life," UCLA coach Ben Howland said.
The rest of the Bruins weren't bad, either.
Coming off a disappointing loss to Oregon, UCLA (16-4, 6-1 Pac-12) tried to turn Arizona's whiteout into a blowout, racing to a 16-point lead in the game's first seven minutes.
Even when Arizona chipped away at the lead, bringing the all-in-white crowd at the McKale Center to life, the Bruins kept their composure in one of the toughest places to play in college basketball.
Larry Drew II played a steady game at the point, dishing out nine assists while turning it over twice. David Wear helped make up for the loss of his twin brother to a head injury in the second half, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds.
Kyle Anderson shook off the effects of a flu that caused him to miss a day of practice this week, grabbing 12 rebounds to go with eight points. Jordan Adams, another player who missed practice due to illness, scored 15 points after fighting through cramps against Arizona.
"It was hard, but we stayed with it," Adams said.
Arizona (16-2, 4-2) has had a knack for pulling out comeback victories this season.
Not this time.
After a miserable start at both ends against UCLA, the Wildcats never fully recovered, pulling no closer than four points after digging a huge opening hole.
Nick Johnson scored 23 points, Mark Lyons added 16 and Solomon Hill had 13 and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats, who went 5 for 24 from 3-point range and struggled to slow the Bruins.
"We got down early," Hill said. "When you get down like that, it's hard to fight back. UCLA is a great team and we couldn't contain them."
Heading in, this was one of the most anticipated games of the Pac-12 season, two of the conference's most talented teams that score in bunches and have some of the best freshmen anywhere.
Arizona's freshmen big men — Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett — have been solid in their first season in the desert, though they have been able to fall back on Arizona's veterans when things have gotten tight.
After opening with 14 straight wins, the Wildcats' luck in pulling out tight games ran out with a 70-66 road loss to Oregon on Jan. 10. They responded with a pair of impressive wins, beating Oregon State and Arizona State both by double digits.
UCLA had some rough patches early in the season, losing to Cal Poly and needing overtime to beat UC Irvine, along with Tyler Lamb and Joshua Smith transferring from the program.
The Bruins rounded back into form after losing to San Diego State on Dec. 1, winning 10 straight games before losing to No. 16 Oregon on Saturday.
UCLA's freshmen — Muhammad, Adams and Kyle Anderson — handled a big road test in a win over Colorado two weeks ago, but the McKale Center and all those rowdy fans wearing white T-shirts and screaming at them.
No problem for these Bruins, young and old.
Confident and crisp on offense, UCLA made eight of its first 12 shots, racing out to a 19-3 lead. Arizona helped out by clanging shot after shot, opening 1 for 13, with most of those around the rim.
Colorado 75, Stanford 54
At Boulder, Colo., Andre Roberson scored 12 points and tied his career high with 20 rebounds, leading Colorado to a rout of Stanford. It marked the Buffaloes' first win over the Cardinal in 22 years.
Askia Booker scored 13 points, including eight straight late in the second half after the Cardinal had trimmed an 18-point deficit to eight.
Roberson, who also had 20 boards against Fresno State last month, nearly had his eighth double-double of the season by halftime as the Buffs took a 44-29 lead into the locker room.
Colorado (13-6, 3-4 Pac-12) hadn't beaten the Cardinal (11-8, 2-4) since Dec. 23, 1990, in Boulder, losing five straight in the series.
Chasson Randle had 15 points for Stanford. The Cardinal's leading rebounder and third-leading scorer, Josh Huestis, was plagued by foul trouble and was held to six points and six boards in 19 minutes.
California 62, Utah 57
At Salt Lake City, Allen Crabbe scored 23 points, including four 3-pointers, and California defeated Utah.
Cal led by as many as 15 points midway through the second half, but the Utes pulled within 58-55 on Jason Washburn's 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining.
David Kravish missed at the other end for the Golden Bears (11-7, 3-3 Pac-12) but poked the rebound out to Crabbe, who was fouled and sank two free throws with 17 seconds left.
Freshman Brandon Taylor missed a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left for the Utes (9-10, 1-6), and Justin Cobb grabbed the rebound and sank a pair of free throws to seal the win for Cal.
Arizona State 98, USC 93, OT
At Tempe, Ariz., Jahii Carson had 21 points and eight assists as Arizona State held off Southern California in overtime.
Jonathan Gilling scored five points in the extra period for the Sun Devils, which allowed a six-point lead in the final minute of regulation to get away.
In overtime, with USC down by three, the Trojans' Jio Fontan missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 5 seconds left.
Arizona State led 82-76 with 26.8 seconds left but J.T. Terrell hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Jio Fontan hit an off-balance 3-pointer from 25 feet with 0.4 seconds remaining to force overtime.
Evan Gordon had 28 points and three assists for the Sun Devils (15-4, 4-2 Pac-12). The teams were tied at 69 with 4:40 left before Arizona State ran off eight straight points. Fontan led the Trojans (8-12, 3-4) with 25 points and Terrell scored 20.