Utah holds off UCLA 75-73

UCLA coach Steve Alford applauds as he shouts to his team during the first half of an NCAA basketball game against Utah, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Los Angeles. Utah won 75-73. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) Jordan Loveridge scored 17 points and Utah held off UCLA's furious charge over the last six minutes to win 75-73 on Wednesday night. Jakob Poeltl added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Kyle Kuzma added 13 points and nine rebounds as the Utes (20-7, 9-5), who let a 14-point second-half lead dwindle to two, took sole possession of third place in the Pac-12 with four games left.

Isaac Hamilton scored 25 points to lead UCLA (14-12, 5-8), which remained tied for ninth and has five games remaining. The Bruins have lost three of their last four home games.

After UCLA rallied from a 14-point deficit to pull within 70-68, Brandon Taylor hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left. After Thomas Welsh made a layup, the Utes found Kuzma alone ahead of the field on the ensuing inbounds play for a clinching dunk with three seconds remaining. Aaron Holiday hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.