FINAL: UCLA beats Arizona 75-71
LAS VEGAS — The No. 1 seeded Arizona (30-4) men’s basketball team lost to UCLA 75-71 in the championship game of the Pac-12 tournament in front of a sold-out crowd at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
UCLA (26-8) won its fourth Pac-10/12 conference tournament championship, tying Arizona for the most.
After trailing the Bruins by 11 in the first half, Arizona’s offense emerged and cut UCLA’s lead to three by halftime.
With 15:42 remaining, Arizona grabbed its first lead of the game when freshman forward Aaron Gordon made a free throw. The lead continued to fluctuate back and forth until the final minute when a three-pointer by UCLA’s Jordan Adams pulled the Bruins ahead for good. The score was tied seven times and the lead changed 10 times in the contest.
UCLA Bruins celebrate after wining the Pac-12 Tournament Final against Arizona at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Arizona junior guard Nick Johnson reacts to the Wildcats' loss as UCLA senior forward David Wear shoots a free throw in the last few seconds of Arizona's 71-75 loss to the Bruins in the Pac-12 Tournament Championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.
UCLA sophomore guard Tony Parker (23) and UCLA freshman guard Zach LaVine (14) contest Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon's (11) shot during the first half of the Pac-12 Tournament final at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Gordon scored 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Junior guard Nick Johnson finished with 22 points, five rebounds to accompany two assists, three blocks and steal. He shot 9-for-20 from the field and 3-for-8 from beyond the arc.
Junior point guard T.J. McConnell compiled six points, six assists, two turnovers and two steals.
Sophomore center Kaleb Tarczewski ended with 12 points and seven rebounds.
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