LAS VEGAS, Nev. For most of the game, UCLA chased Arizona State all over the floor. The Bruins finally caught up when it mattered.
Top-seeded and No. 21 UCLA avoided an upset with an 80-75 victory over the Sun Devils in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals, overcoming a 15-point second-half deficit when Travis Wear scored six consecutive points in the final 90 seconds and ASU missed the sort of shots it had been making for two days here at the MGM Grand Arena.
Wears 18-foot jumper from the left wing with 11.3 seconds remaining pushed the Bruins to a three-point lead, and ASUs Jonathan Gilling missed an open 3 from the right corner in the final second. Gilling made five 3s in the game and nine in the tournament.
Wears twin brother David made two free throws to ice it.
Yeah, we're very fortunate, said UCLA freshman forward Shabazz Muhammad, who had 16 points and nine rebounds, six on the offensive glass.
In the first half I thought we played hard, but in the second half we reall...