How else was it supposed to go on Senior Day?
The Arizona Wildcats and UCLA Bruins never led one another by more than six points, and in a ugly, hard-hitting back-and-forth game, Sean Miller's team needed all 20 points from Kyle Fogg and 16 from Jesse Perry -- both seniors -- to fend off their opponents in a 65-63 win in McKale Center.
Missed free throws from Fogg kept the Bruins alive in the final minute, but his first two three-pointers of the evening game at invaluable moments. The senior guard led Arizona with nine rebounds and three assists as well, and his final game in Tucson ended with an exhausted and relieved hug with forward Solomon Hill as the game clock expired.]
Fogg scored 16 of his 20 points in the final 10 minutes of the game, and his three-point shot with 53 seconds left in the game gave UA a 63-57 buffer they'd need to outlast UCLA despite poor free throw shooting down the stretch.
Donning their Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniforms, the game was settled in the half court, where the Bruins used their size to outscore Arizona 32-20 in the paint.
UCLA shot only 42 percent from the floor and the Wildcats only connected on 38 percent of their shots.
On defense, Arizona clogged the lane to prevent big men like David and Travis Wear from getting going. In return, UCLA's guards got shots, and Jerime Anderson led the Bruins with 20 points of his own.
While the Wear twins combined for 21 points and 16 rebounds, they didn't get the number of touches that would've really hurt the undersized Wildcats. They and center Joshua Smith only took 20 combined shots while Anderson, Tyler Lamb and guard Lazeric Jones took 38 attempts.
The Wildcats, though struggling to get shots, beat the Bruins by getting to the foul line by aggressive drives that eventually led to foul troubles for UCLA.
Smith couldn't stay on the floor to keep pace with the quicker Perry or Hill. He, Lamb, Anderson and Jones all finished the game with four fouls as the Wildcats went to the foul stripe 32 times, hitting 23 -- or just enough to slip by for a huge home victory.
And against a team they match up with so poorly, the win kept momentum afloat with a rivalry game against a struggling ASU Sun Devils team on the horizon.