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UCLA moves on to Pac-12 title game

Bruins come back to beat Arizona

Posted: March 15, 2013 10:38 p.m.
Updated: March 15, 2013 10:39 p.m.

UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad, right, and Travis Wear celebrate with teammates after beating Arizona 66-64 during a semifinal Pac-12 tournament college basketball game on Friday in Las Vegas.

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jordan Adams scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half and No. 21 UCLA beat No. 18 Arizona for the third time this season, a 66-64 victory Friday night that sends the Bruins to the Pac-12 tournament championship game.


Ditching their new pajama-like uniforms for the more traditional white with blue and yellow trim, the Bruins (25-8) fought back from an 11-point second-half deficit after pulling off a similar rally against Arizona State in the quarterfinals. Adams triggered it, scoring 17 points in the final 9:57, including 13 straight in one stretch.

Kyle Anderson put UCLA in front on a putback with 22 seconds left and Arizona’s Solomon Hill missed a midrange jumper, sending the Bruins into Saturday night’s title game.

Brandon Ashley had 15 points and Mark Lyons added 13 for Arizona (25-7).

The Wildcats were effective in slowing down Shabazz Muhammad and Larry Drew II, but had no answer for Adams once he got going in the second half.

Muhammad finished with 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting after a quiet first half and Drew went scoreless after missing all five of his shots.

Adams made up for it, hitting 6 of 13 shots and 11 of 13 from the free-throw line for the Pac-12 regular-season champs in an entertaining game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

UCLA beat Arizona twice during the regular season, 84-73 in Tucson and 74-69 at home for its first season sweep of the Wildcats since 2007-08.

UCLA got off to a slow start in its opening game of the Pac-12 tournament, rallying from a 15-point deficit to beat Arizona State 80-75 in the quarterfinals.

Arizona built a 14-point lead in its opener, but couldn’t shake Colorado until late for a 79-69 win.
After the quarterfinal win, the Wildcats said they were looking forward to get a chance for revenge against the Bruins.

They played with an extra intensity, too, particularly on defense, cutting off lanes, knocking UCLA’s players to the floor with hard fouls.

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