No. 4 Arizona escapes with OT win over Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Gabe York and Nick Johnson each scored 15 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 13 and No. 4 Arizona escaped with a 67-63 overtime victory against Utah on Wednesday night.

The Wildcats (24-2, 11-2 Pac-12) beat Utah for the ninth straight time since a loss in the 1998 NCAA tournament. Arizona also held onto sole possession of first place in the Pac-12, one game ahead of UCLA.

Brandon Taylor had 13 points and Dallin Bachynski and Delon Wright each scored 12 for the Utes (17-9, 6-8), who lost at home for the second time this season. The score was tied at 58 before Hollis-Jefferson made two baskets to give the Wildcats a four-point lead with 1:52 left in overtime. His second bucket came after Taylor, an 86 percent free throw shooter, missed three straight from the line to prevent Utah from taking the lead.

No. 23 UCLA 86, California 66

At Berkeley, Calif., Jordan Adams scored 28 points and UCLA returned to the national rankings with an impressive victory against California to keep pace in the Pac-12 title chase.

Kyle Anderson had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Bruins (21-5, 10-3), who won their fourth straight game and seventh in eight. UCLA remained a game behind Pac-12 leader Arizona, which won in overtime at Utah.

Jordan Mathews scored 16 off the bench for cold-shooting Cal (17-9, 8-5), which couldn't pull off the same spectacular finish at raucous Haas Pavilion as it did in stunning then-No. 1 and unbeaten Arizona 60-58 on Feb. 1.

Adams shot 12 for 19 and scored five straight points midway through the second half that put the Bruins ahead 71-50 with 9:24 remaining. He also had six rebounds and five assists. Travis Wear added 13 points.

Anderson, who had 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the first meeting with Cal last month, got plenty of help as the Bruins returned to the Top 25 for the first time since early in conference play last month.

Colorado 61, Arizona State 52

At Boulder, Colo., Askia Booker scored all but two of his 18 points during a second-half charge that carried Colorado past Arizona State.

Josh Scott added 13 points and 13 rebounds for Colorado (20-7, 9-5 Pac-12), which reached the 20-win mark for the fourth straight season under coach Tad Boyle, something that had been done just four times in the 109 years before his arrival.


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