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No. 5 UCLA dominates offensive boards to edge No. 4 Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An awesome offense has carried UCLA to a terrific season. The Bruins turned to rebounding and defense for what may have been their most impressive win yet.

Thomas Welsh scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 5 UCLA dominated the offensive boards to beat No. 4 Arizona 77-72 in a Pac-12 showdown Saturday night.

"That's what Tommy does," UCLA coach Steve Alford said. "Tommy can rebound the ball and Tommy can shoot the ball about as well as any center in the country. ... Obviously, there's a lot of guys on our team get a lot of recognition and Tom is due some recognition because he's a special player."

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Feb 20
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Gonzaga (59)28-01,6181
2Villanova (5)26-21,5562
3Kansas (1)24-31,5033
4Arizona25-31,3565
5UCLA24-31,3166
6Oregon24-41,2977
7Louisville22-51,2678
8North Carolina23-51,13810
9Baylor22-51,1084
10Duke22-51,01412
11Kentucky22-594313
12West Virginia21-69089
13Florida22-582215
14Purdue22-580716
15Cincinnati24-373318
16Wisconsin22-571311
17SMU24-455419
18Virginia18-842714
19Florida State21-641917
20Saint Mary's (Cal.)24-337522
21Notre Dame21-732225
22Butler21-629524
23Creighton22-517820
24Maryland22-515923
25Wichita State25-4153-

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Kent State rallies again for fourth straight victory

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Jimmy Hall and Deon Edwin posted double-doubles and Kent State rallied to beat Ohio 70-67 on Saturday night as the Golden Flashes won their fourth straight.

Hall's 3-point play with 54 seconds left gave the Golden Flashes a 64-63 lead and Jalen Avery added two free throws. Jaaron Simmons scored for Ohio with 24 seconds left but Jaylin Walker made four free throws to counter two baskets by the Bobcats.

Edwin had 18 rebounds and Hall 10. Walker scored 12 points with nine rebounds and Avery also scored 12 for Kent State (17-12, 9-7 Mid-American).