LOS ANGELES - One reason for Sean Miller's relative optimism after a 74-69 loss at UCLA was actually two reasons: Grant Jerrett and Jordin Mayes.
"You kinda saw what our team can become when you have guys on the bench contributing," Miller said. "You had, Jordin contributed, Grant contributed. We had some quality play from some other players."
Jerrett scored 14 points, including two three-pointers in the final 1:35 to pull the Wildcats close, in 24 minutes.
"I've been feeling comfortable," the freshman said. "I'm just shooting the ball, just working at it every day."
Jerrett's 14 were his most since Dec. 18, when he had 15 against Oral Roberts.
"That's one of his strengths," Kevin Parrom said, "is that he can shoot the ball."
Jerrett has scored in double figures five times in his college career, including the last two contests.
In Los Angeles, he shot 8 of 13 afield, including 6 of 10 from beyond the arc.
"To see Grant Jerrett do what he did as a freshman gives me a lot of hope here, down the stretch," Miller said. "We've been looking for guys off the bench to play well. I thought Jordin Mayes, also did a great job."
The junior guard had more points by halftime - six - than he'd scored at any point this season since the opener, in which he scored 10 against Charleston Southern.
In 13 minutes, Mayes finished with eight points, more than he'd scored in the past seven games combined.
"Happy for Jordin," Miller said. "He's had a rough go of it from the perspective of the shot hasn't fallen, but he stuck with it."
Bye bye Shabazz
After Saturday's game, Ben Howland stated the obvious: that star freshman Shabazz Muhammad had played his last game at Pauley Pavilion.
"He's a lottery pick," the UCLA coach said.
"That was his last game at Pauley, no doubt about it. The thing that makes him who he is is how competitive he is. That's what makes the good ones great."
Asked directly if he was done, Muhammad, who finished with a game-high 18 points, didn't deny it.
"It's still a long season of basketball," he said.
He said he "kinda thought about" the fact it could be his last home game before making two free throws with 9 seconds left to ice the game. He laughed when asked if he heard the "one more year" chants.
"The fans here are great," he said. "I've enjoyed myself this whole year."
Fellow freshman Kyle Anderson, who scored 17, said he's "not really thinking" about whether he'll go pro after this year.
"I'm too caught up in this season," he said.
• Howland wouldn't be surprised if Arizona went deep into the NCAA tournament.
"If you told me right now that Zona would be in the Final Four," he said, "it's a real possibility."
• Miller reiterated his stance that, if the Bruins win the Pac-12, he would vote UCLA point guard Larry Drew II as the conference player of the year.
"And I don't really think it's close," he said.
"The impact he has on the game, to make his teammates better, the fact he shoots 50 percent from three.
"I know this: in the two games we played against UCLA, he was the difference."
• In his first game back after spraining his right foot Feb. 23, Travis Wear scored six points in 17 minutes while being limited by three fouls. Howland said he "did a great job for us."
• Parrom said he was comfortable with Mark Lyons' backdown jumper with 10 seconds left and the Wildcats down by three. The UA screened for Lyons, who shot from about 14 feet in the middle of the key.
"He didn't come through today, but I can live with that," Parrom said.
Was it a good shot?
"If Mark has the ball in his hand," Parrom said, "I'm confident in any one of my teammates."