The UCLA Bruins advanced to the final four of the 2013 Pac-12 Conference Tournament behind a furious second half comeback that included the simple formula of hot shooting and stifling defense against Arizona State on Thursday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The Bruins shot just 34.4 percent from the field over the first 20 minutes of the game, but turned things around in the second half by improving to 50 percent and finished the game at a mark of 42.6. Larry Drew II had the best game of his career and poured in 20 points while adding four rebounds and four assists.
Shabazz Muhammad added 16 points and nine rebounds to lead UCLA into a rematch with No. 4 seed Arizona. The Wildcats fell in both matchups during the season, but played head coach Ben Howland’s team tough in both games.
Even though ASU lost the war, Jahii Carson won the battle of the Co-Freshmen of the Year as he finished with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting and added seven assists and six rebounds. Jordan Bachynski finished with a game-high 22 points.
Oregon needed overtime to go 3-0 against Washington this season behind a strong effort from Damyean Dotson, who scored 17 points on 6-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-6 from the three-point line.
The Ducks will face an unlikely opponent in Utah, who upset No. 2 seed Cal to keep their hopes of postseason glory alive in another overtime thriller. Jarred DuBois sunk a near-impossible desperation 3-pointer late in the second half to send the game into overtime before the Utes scored 20 points to cruise to their biggest win of the season. They’ll face a tough Oregon team as their reward.
The DuBois 3-pointer is worth another look:
The schedule for Friday’s action is as follows:
All times PT
No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 4 Arizona, 6:00 p.m.
No. 10 Utah vs. No. 3 Oregon, 8:30 p.m.Ready for March Madness? Enter the $100K NCAA Bracket Challenge today with Sports Out West!