Pacific-12 Conference Tournament Recaps
(Friday, March 15th)
Final Score: (21) UCLA 66, (18) Arizona 64
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Kyle Anderson's late putback proved to be the difference as No. 21 UCLA defeated 18th-ranked Arizona for the third time this season, taking a 66-64 victory to advance to the Pac-12 Championship game.
Jordan Adams was instrumental in the Bruins' (25-8) second double-digit comeback victory in as many days, scoring a game-high 24 points, however it did not end well for the star freshman.
He landed awkwardly on his right foot late in the contest, and after the game, x-rays revealed a break, which is expected to end his season.
Top-seeded UCLA will have to move on without him and will take on Oregon in Saturday's final.
Anderson finished with 10 points and five steals, while Shabazz Muhammad and Travis Wear each scored 11 in the victory.
Solomon Hill scored 10, but misfired on a potential tying bucket in the waning seconds for Arizona (25-7). Brandon Ashley scored a team-high 15 points off the bench in defeat.
"Well, it was obviously a great college basketball game," said Arizona coach Sean Miller. "I want to give complete and total credit to UCLA. They fought hard. They have tremendous talent. They're very well-coached, and they made huge plays."
UCLA trailed, 37-27, in the early moments of the second half, but Adams and Muhammad combined for a 9-0 run which got the Bruins within two with 8:21 to play.
Kevin Parrom added a pair of free throws following a Mark Lyons dunk to put the Wildcats back up six, but Adams responded with 11 straight points, with his acrobatic reverse layup knotting the score at 58-58 with just under four minutes left.
Muhammad then broke the deadlock with a pair of free throws to put UCLA up by two, but Ashley's jumper at the other end tied things back up.
After Wear sank a pair from the line, Kaleb Tarczewski was only able to split his pair from the charity stripe, keeping Arizona behind by one.
The Wildcats got a stop when they got the rebound off Muhammad's missed jumper, but Adams stole the ball from Lyons near halfcourt. He then drew a foul while driving towards the basket and calmly sank his 10th and 11th free throws of the contest to put the Bruins ahead by three with 1:13 left.
Grant Jerrett tied the contest back up with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, but Arizona couldn't get the board off Adams' ensuing 3-point miss, which set up Anderson for the decisive putback.
"I think we did a good job of keeping our composure," said Anderson. "The leaders on our team stressed to the five guys that are out there that we have to stay calm, being down 11 or 9 or whatever it was. I think that's what we did a really good job of and we were able to fight back for a second time and end up with the win."
Both teams were neck-and-neck through the first 13 1/2 minutes of play until Hill drained back-to-back three's to give Arizona a 26-18 lead and it held a 30-26 edge at the break.
The Bruins have won seven of their last eight ... Lyons scored 13 for Arizona, which was 7-for-17 from 3-point range ... The Bruins made just one 3-pointer on 12 attempts ... The Wildcats had 13 turnovers.
Final Score: Oregon 64, Utah 45
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Damyean Dotson and E.J. Singler scored 14 points each as the third-seeded Oregon Ducks coasted to a 64-45 victory over the 10th-seeded Utah Utes in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Caroly Emory and Johnathan Loyd added 10 points each for Oregon (25-8), which will take on the UCLA Bruins in the title game on Saturday.
Brandon Taylor led Utah (15-18) with 13 points and Jason Washburn contributed 12 points with nine rebounds. Jarred DuBois, who scored 21.5 points per game in the first two games of the tourney, was held scoreless and committed six turnovers.
The Utes had trouble on the offensive end in the opening 20 minutes as they went 6-of-19 from the field. Oregon shot 46.4 percent from the floor in the first half en route to a 29-15 halftime lead.
Utah tried to rally back and managed to cut the deficit to just eight points at 47-39 with 9:42 remaining, but the Ducks absorbed the comeback effort and ran off to a comfortable win by knocking down 15-of-19 at the free-throw line.
The Utes finished the game with only 28.8 percent efficiency from the field.
03/16 02:05:22 ET