Mistakes cost Arizona Pac-12 Tournament

Gabe York

Arizona lost 75-71 to UCLA in the Pac-12 Tournament finals. Read on for a complete recap of the game.

In what has to be considered one of the best games thus far in March, UCLA defeated Arizona 75-71 Saturday at the MGM Grand Arena to win the Pac-12 title.

Norman Powell scored to start the game, but Aaron Gordon made a three. Norman Powell answered with a three-point play and Travis Wear hit a three of his own. Jordan Adams then scored off a rebound and Arizona took timeout down 10-3 with 15:39 left in the first half.

Kyle Anderson scored two straight buckets before Elliott Pitts made a three. Powell then made a free-throw and Gabe York answered with a three. Anderson and Powell scored, but Kaleb Tarczewski scored and York made another three. Adams and Nick Johnson exchanged baskets and then Adams and Gordon did the same, as a three by Powell forced a timeout with the Bruins up 26-18 with 10:05 left in the half.

Anderson made a three and Rondae Jefferson came down with a layup. Tony Parker scored on the offensive glass, but a three by York cut the Bruins' lead to 31-23 with 7:38 remaining in the first.

Tarczewski scored and Bryce Alford answered, Tarczewski then scored two straight baskets to force a UCLA timeout with the lead down to four before a lob from Gordon to Johnson cut it to two with 3:33 left in the half.

Gordon made one of two from the line, but Adams and David Wear responded with baskets. Hollis-Jefferson then scored and Anderson made two free-throws before Hollis-Jefferson did the same. Travis Wear and Johnson exchanged hoops and Adams and Johnson repeated that process to put the Bruins up 43-40 at the half.

Anderson made one free-throw to kick off the second half, but McConnell made a jumper. Powell made two from the line and Johnson and Tarczewski scored. Adams hit a jumper from the corner, as a dunk from Johnson tied the game at 48.

Gordon made one of two free-throws, but Parker scored on the offensive glass. McConnell then made one from the line and Zach LaVine got a three-point play. Anderson made two free-throws and York responded with a basket before Anderson made a jumper. Gordon responded with a basket in the lane and Johnson made one free-throw to come within 57-55 with 10:11 left in regulation.

David Wear scored and Johnson answered with a three. Anderson then made one from the line and McConnell made a three as well. After two free-throws by Adams, Johnson hit yet another three and the Wildcats took a 64-62 lead.

Anderson made two free-throws and Adams hit a jumper, but Tarczewski and Gordon scored to put Arizona up 68-66 with 4:52 left.

Anderson made two free-throws to tie the game at 68 and both teams went scoreless for quite a bit. With 34.9 seconds remaining in regulation, Adams made a three to give the Bruins a 71-68 lead and the win.

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