Huskies bounced from Pac-12 tourneyBy Kelly Sanders Mar 12, 2017
Although the Bruins led by as much as 12 points, the the Trojans continued to chip at that lead.
But it was only a matter of time.
Jabari Bird scored 20 points and converted a key 3-point play with 54 seconds left, helping California grind out a 67-62 victory over Oregon State Wednesday in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
The Arizona Wildcats won their rubber match with UCLA in convincing fashion in front of almost 20,000 fans at T-Mobile Arena on Friday to advance to the finals of the Pac-12 Tournament. This allowed Arizona to get some separation, going up by as much as 13 points.
"In the first half I thought we were excellent at keeping them under wraps", Kent said.
Thompson had 25 points and hit 5 of 6 from 3-point range to keep Oregon State (5-27) in the game until late.
Alas, the Ducks were denied their bid for back-to-back Pac-12 Tournament titles.
A rhythm developed slowly under the leadership of junior guard Elijah Stewart, who came off of the bench to lead the Trojans in a first half comeback.
Of course, the real reward would come if they make the Final Four at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, an easy drive from Tucson. "I'm trying to be versatile".
Trier scored 23 points on 12 shots and made a few clutch free throws in Arizona's win over top-seeded OR, capping off what was a stellar three-game stretch for the sophomore.
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"They've had a very, very good year and we've had a very, very good year. I think he showed that tonight against a high-level defensive team, against high-level defenders". Brooks knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:37 to play and make it a one-possession game. No. 12 Oregon State, 5:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks Game 3: No. 7 Colorado vs. "It was tough. There is no doubt".
Once the clock was under 2:42, the lead for the Wildcats never got more than four points. The Arizona Wildcats made sure that they would make a statement before their fate in the NCAA Tournament is decided on Saturday night.
Trier, who scored 23 points, was too strong.
Kadeem Allen missed three games with multiple injuries.
Bryce Alford was fouled with 13 seconds left, and he made both free throws to put UCLA ahead 76-71. The Buffs missed their first six field-goal attempts of the half.
Washington State was the team looking for a blowout once the teams hit the floor in Vegas, using a 16-2 run to go up 25-9 midway through the first half. He finished with 108 3-pointers this season, sixth most in Pac-12 history. To lose on senior night to a good team like that, it hurts.
Throw in two games apiece against Arizona and OR - the Bruins lost to each foe the first time and avenged it with a win the second time - and an unblemished mark in February, and that's why Alford feels good about his team as March approaches its midpoint.
Vermont overcame a nine-point, second-half deficit and Henson's 3-point play with 39 seconds left broke a tie at 52.
Unfortunately, that run didn't carry over to the second half.
Aside from getting Trier and Markkanen both in gear offensively at the same time for the first time this week, another good sign for the Wildcats came out of Saturday's game: They held OR to just 27.3-percent shooting from 3-point range. The tourney moved from the smaller MGM Grand Garden Arena for this season. Bell leads in steals with 1.4 per game.
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