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Pitt transfer Trey Zeigler granted waiver to play immediately

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With two of their top three scorers (Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson) from last season’s 22-17 team graduating, Pittsburgh needed an infusion of scoring ability if they were to improve on their 5-13 Big East record.

Central Michigan transfer Trey Zeigler is capable of providing such a spark, and both he and Pitt received the good news on Friday that his eligibility waiver request was granted.

As a result Zeigler, who left CMU after his father Ernie was fired by the school, will be eligible to play immediately.

Pairing him up with a healthy Tray Woodall in the back court should make Jamie Dixon’s team better offensively in 2012-13.

Zeigler led CMU last season with averages of 15.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per per game, with the Chippewas winning just 11 games on the year.

Pittsburgh will also welcome center Steven Adams (a 7-footer expected by many to have an impact, especially defensively), wing Chris Jones and point guard James Robinson.

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VIDEO: Monmouth hits a game-winner, Bench Mob member tries to disrobe

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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.

The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:

No. 17 Arizona erases double-digit deficit to beat UCLA

Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a foul call during the first half of Arizona's NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Friday, Feb 12, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.

UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.

All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.

The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.