ANAHEIM, Calif. - Shortly after the Arizona Wildcats spotted Josh Smith sitting out UCLA's pregame warmups Thursday, UA coach Sean Miller sent out a quick warning.
"He told us the other guys would play better," UA guard Josiah Turner said.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Miller was right. Without the 300-pound-plus Smith, UCLA turned instead to David and Travis Wear for 34 points, and the Bruins beat Arizona 65-58 at Honda Center.
Arizona also hurt itself with 3-for-17 three-point shooting and 16 turnovers, dropping to 10-5 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-12. Arizona will have two days to prepare for a Sunday game at USC, where it has lost three straight games.
UCLA improved to 8-7 and 1-2 after being swept in the Bay Area last weekend.
The Bruins went without Smith after he was sidelined with a concussion during a practice Wednesday, while the Wears took over power forward and center - and, until late in the game, dominated the interior.
"You have to give UCLA a lot of credit," Miller said. "It almost galvanized the rest of the group. It can make for almost an improved team and I thought UCLA played like that."
While Miller had spoken highly of the Wear twins' skills inside before Thursday's game, he spoke mostly of Smith and the problems he could cause inside. His pregame preparation was carried out with the same thought process.
"In a funny way, everything they do starts with Josh Smith," Miller said. "But without him, they had a different attack. They were more of a screening team."
Smith, who hurt himself when he tripped over teammate Brendan Lane in practice Wednesday, might not have to miss any more games. UCLA spokesman Ryan Finney said Smith would be reevaluated today and could play against ASU on Saturday. Smith missed one game with a concussion last season.
But without him, UCLA still took a 37-30 lead at halftime and led by at least three points the rest of the way.
David Wear fouled out with 5:07 left, having collected 14 points and five rebounds by then, while Travis Wear finished with 20 points and five rebounds.
Arizona was led by Solomon Hill, who nearly put the Wildcats back into the game in the final minutes and finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Arizona shot just 36.2 percent from the field and had only two points on 1-for-6 shooting from Nick Johnson. Arizona had nine points and three assists from Turner, who started at point guard for the second time this season.
Hill scored inside and picked up a foul - though he missed the free throw - to bring the Wildcats within 57-54 with 3:28 left. But Hill blamed himself for missing the free throw and for a first-half performance in which he had just two points.
Hill made just 2 of 6 from the line.
"If I made those free throws, it's a different game," Hill said.
The Wildcats trailed 57-47 with six minutes to go but cut it to five after Hill scored, then made a rebound basket when Kevin Parrom missed the second of two free throws with 5:07 left. Parrom picked up the foul from David Wear.
The Wear twins had eight points combined over the first eight minutes of the second half, while UA's guards still struggled to produce. Through the first 30 minutes of the game, Johnson had only two points, Jordin Mayes was scoreless and Kyle Fogg had five points.
For several minutes early in the second half, Miller played Mayes and Turner together while Fogg was benched.
In the first half, UCLA rode the Wears to a 37-30 halftime lead.
The Wears started at power forward and center and shot over the undersized Wildcats much of the time while combining for 18 points.
Travis Wear had 10 points on 3-for-4 shooting while David Wear added eight points while making 4 of 5 field goals.
Arizona's Jesse Perry had eight points and two rebounds, and Turner had seven points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal in his second start of the season.
Miller started Turner at point guard over Mayes for the first time since the Wildcats' season opener Nov. 7 against Valparaiso. Turner had been in Miller's doghouse for a variety of on-and-off court issues, and was suspended for the Dec. 7 game at Florida.
UCLA went on a 10-0 run midway through the first half to take a 21-12 lead with 10 minutes left. But the Wildcats outscored the Bruins 7-2 over the next two minutes, getting a three-pointer from Fogg, to pull within 25-21 and the game remained close the rest of the half.
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• What: Arizona at USC
• When: 3:30 p.m. Sunday
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