Pacific-12 Conference Tournament Recaps
(Thursday, March 14th)
Final Score: (21) UCLA 80, Arizona State 75
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Larry Drew II scored 20 points, with four rebounds and four assists, as No. 21 UCLA rallied past Arizona State, 80-75, in quarterfinal action in the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament.
Shabazz Muhammad totaled 16 points and nine boards for the Bruins (24-8), the top overall seed who will take on Arizona in a Friday semifinal.
"I thought Shabazz did a fantastic job taking the game over, especially scoring inside," said UCLA coach Ben Howland. "I mean, we need to score inside, and he's our best player at going to the basket."
Jordan Bachynski's game-best 22 points wasn't enough for the Sun Devils (21-12), who had topped Stanford in a Wednesday matchup. Jahii Carson added 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the setback.
"Really proud of our guys' effort. I thought they really battled. Had a couple opportunities on the offensive end that we didn't cash in, and as it turns out, didn't have that room for error," said Arizona State coach Herb Sendek.
Bachynski's bucket just prior to the midway point of the second half staked ASU to a seemingly-insurmountable 62-50 advantage, but UCLA chipped away steadily to wrestle away the victory.
David Wear and Muhammad connected on consecutive possessions to reduce the deficit to eight and start the comeback, and later in the run Muhammad's tip- in pulled the Bruins within two and Drew's three-pointer gave them a 67-66 edge with just under five minutes to play.
Both sides took turns with the lead until two free throws by Evan Gordon made it 74-72 for the Sun Devils inside of two minutes remaining. Gordon then missed the last of two from the line with 1:19 on the clock and it was 75-74.
Wear then connected on consecutive jumpers to put UCLA back on top by a 78-75 margin, and sealed the game with two makes from the charity stripe in the final seconds.
Arizona State used a short 10-5 burst through the mid-point of the first half to take a 25-17 edge on a triple from Jonathan Gilling.
Gordon's make from beyond the arc finished off an 8-2 run and gave the Sun Devils a 37-26 lead, which would be 41-33 at intermission.
UCLA has won 62 of the 81 all-time meetings with ASU ... Wear finished with 15 points and six rebounds ...Gilling had 17 points with seven boards and three assists ... Bachynski totaled a game-high three blocks.
Final Score: (18) Arizona 79, Colorado 69
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Nick Johnson totaled 18 points as No. 18 Arizona got past Colorado, 79-69, in Pac-12 quarterfinal action.
Mark Lyons hit key free throws down the stretch while posting 14 points, with Solomon Hill contributing 13 with seven rebounds for the fourth-seeded Wildcats (25-6), who will take on No. 1 seed UCLA in a Friday semifinal.
Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 points and Andre Roberson finished with 15 points and a game-best 11 boards for the Buffaloes (21-11), who had topped Oregon State in Wednesday's first round.
Colorado trailed 61-53 with just over six minutes left in the contest, but whittled its deficit to 68-64 as the clock ticked inside three minutes to play on a pair of Dinwiddie free throws.
Lyons countered with a triple to open up a seven-point Arizona edge, but Colorado's Askia Booker added a trey of his own and Roberson made two from the line to make it 71-69 with 1:03 to play.
But Johnson hit a layup for a four-point spread, and after Dinwiddie missed a layup, Lyons was sent to the line and connected on both his tries for a 75-69 game.
Booker bricked back-to-back shots from beyond the arc and Arizona's Grant Jerrett followed by making his two free shots, then Dinwiddie missed from long range and Lyons sank two more to salt away the victory.
An early 14-5 burst found the Wildcats ahead 22-13 after Brandon Ashley connected on two free throws.
Jeremy Adams made 1-of-2 from the line to finish an 8-3 burst that put the Buffaloes within 25-21, but Lyons drained a trey to kick-start an 8-2 clip that made it a 33-23 game after a layup from Angelo Chol.
The Wildcats went into the break up 39-28.
Jordin Mayes was good from beyond the arc as Arizona took a 54-40 advantage with just under 12 1/2 minutes left, before Colorado began to chip away.
Arizona shot 45.2 percent from the field to 43.1 percent for Colorado ... The Wildcats were 9-of-27 from 3-point range and the Buffaloes made 5-of-12 ... Jerrett led all players with four blocks.
Final Score: Utah 79, California 69 (OT)
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Jared DuBois led the way with 21 points, including the game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation to force overtime, as the tenth-seeded Utah Utes upended the second-seeded California Golden Bears, 79-69, in a Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal matchup at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
For the Utes (15-17), Jordan Loveridge added 20 points, eight in overtime, while Jason Washburn finished with 18 points and Brandon Taylor chipped in with 10 points. Knocking off the higher seed for the second straight night, the Utes now face Oregon Friday night in the semifinals.
Justin Cobbs led all scorers with 26 points, while Allen Crabbe scored 21 points and Richard Solomon pulled down 11 rebounds for the Golden Bears (20-11).
Cal took a 33-32 lead into the break. They shot 46.2 percent from the field and 3-of-7 from long range. Utah connected on 54.2 percent from the field and 4-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc, but its was outscored 6-2 from the free- throw line.
Cal opened the second half on a 11-4 run to extend its lead to eight. The Utes responded, eventually taking a brief lead, and the teams played close down the stretch. Crabbe drained two free throws with 16 seconds remaining to give the Golden Bears a three-point advantage, 59-56, but DuBois answered with a 3- pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime tied at 59-59.
In the extra session, Utah scored the first five points and never looked back as it continued its unlikely romp through the conference tournament.
Cal outrebounded Utah, 40-30. The Utes had a slight edge on points in the paint, 24-22.
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