Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament Post-Game Notes: #2 UCLA 75, #1 ARIZ 71
With the win, UCLA now has four Pac-12 Tournament championships, tied for the most all-time with Arizona.
Steve Alford becomes the first coach to win his first three Pac-12 Tournament games since Tad Boyle did it with Colorado in 2012. Alford stands alone atop the coaching records as the only coach with a 1.000 winning percentage.
UCLA became the first team to score 70 points against Arizona in the last 17 games, since UCLA did it in their only match up during the regular season on Jan. 9. Arizona won that game 79-75.
Tournament Most Outstanding Player and Bruin sophomore guard Kyle Anderson paced UCLA with 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for this year’s tournament’s second double-double (Washington State’s D.J. Shelton had the other).
Anderson had 31 rebounds during the tournament, tying him for seventh all-time in tournament history.
UCLA junior guard Norman Powell shot his way into Pac-12 Tournament record books from the free throw line, shooting 16-of-18 for the tournament, tied for the fourth best percentage in tournament history.
Arizona shot just 37.5% from the free throw line, their worst percentage of the season and worst in the Sean Miller era.
Arizona junior Nick Johnson led all scorers with 22 points in the championship game and all scorers for the tournament with 52 points.
Despite shooting just 2-of-8 from the free throw line, Wildcat freshman forward Aaron Gordon was Mr. Everything for Arizona, scoring 11 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out a career-high 8 assists.
Sophomore guard Gabe York was a spark off the bench for the Wildcats, scoring 11 points, including 3-of-6 from three.
Bruin senior forward Travis Wear shot just 1-of-5 for today’s game, but 15-of-21 (.714) overall for the Pac-12 Tournament, earning him the fifth-highest shooting percentage in Pac-12 Tournament history.
Arizona came out of the locker room on a 9-5 run to take their first lead at 49-48 since the score was 3-2 at the 17:09 mark of the first half.
Wildcat sophomore center Kaleb Tarczewski sparked a 9-2 run late in the first half with 6 straight points to cut the Arizona deficit to one point at 33-32. Tarczewski ended the half with 8 points and 2 rebounds.
UCLA scored 43 points in the first half against the Wildcats, who had only given up 43 and 39 points in the past two games against UA.