No miracles this time

By staff and wire reports
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 16, 1996

LOS ANGELES - A word of advice: If you're going to give Miles Simon a free shot at the basket, better to put him 70 feet away than 15.

Last night, four days after Simon nailed a buzzer-beating, three-quarter court prayer to topple Cincinnati, he went to the free-throw line to shoot two technical foul shots with a chance to give Arizona a 77-75 lead over UCLA - and missed them both.

Seconds later, Bruin Kris Johnson sank a free throw with :01 remaining and 18th-ranked UCLA earned itself a narrow 76-75 victory over No. 13 Arizona.

The victory gave the Bruins (17-6 overall, 10-2 in the Pacific 10 Conference) a one-game lead over No. 20 Stanford and a 2 1/2-game lead over the Wildcats (18-5, 7-4) in the conference standings.

Ben Davis scored a career-high 25 points for the Wildcats, who blew two chances to win in the final 25 seconds. Simon added 17 points, including a jumper in the lane to pull the Wildcats into a 75-75 tie.