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UCLA defeats Arizona, 75-69, in Pac-10 tournament

March 11, 2010 |  2:39 pm


Reeves Nelson is back. Is he ever.

The freshman forward scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, pushing UCLA to a 75-69 victory over Arizona Thursday afternoon in a quarterfinal of the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament at Staples Center.

Nelson, who missed the last four games following laser surgery to repair a partially torn retina, had no trouble finding the basket. He made eight of nine despite a few problems -- fogging, a nose piece falling out -- with protective goggles he was wearing.

UCLA (14-17) will play either California, the conference’s regular-season champion, or Oregon in a semifinal Friday at 6:30 p.m.

The Bruins shot 64% in the first half and led, 37-33, with Nelson and Michael Roll providing the offensive push.

Nelson had 12 points at halftime, making all six of his shots. Roll, a senior, made five of 10 shots and also had 12 points at the half.

Roll and Nikola Dragovic each finished with 18 points.

Arizona (16-15) defeated UCLA twice in the regular season, coming back from a 14-point second-half deficit last week in Tucson to win 78-73.

Kyle Fogg, who had 26 and 25 points in the Wildcats' victories over UCLA this season, was held to 10 points.

We will have more on the game soon at

-- Chris Foster

Photo: UCLA's Reeves Nelson fakes Arizona's Kyryl Natyazhko into the air before taking a shot in the first half Thursday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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