No controversy, no contest.
No. 3 UCLA buried California under a barrage of 3-pointers to start the second half on its way to an 88-66 victory in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Darren Collison scored 19 points, Josh Shipp 18, and freshman Kevin Love had nine of his 11 in the second half after early foul trouble. UCLA (29-3) had its best 3-point shooting game of the season, hitting 14 of 25.
The top-seeded Bruins won their eighth in a row and advanced to today’s semifinals against Southern California. The rivals split in the regular season, with each winning on the other’s floor.
Ryan Anderson scored 17 points and Patrick Christopher 12 to lead the ninth-seeded Golden Bears (16-15), who have lost eight of their last 10.
USC 59, Arizona St. 55: Southern California advanced to the semifinals thanks to an exceptional defensive effort in the second half against Arizona State.
The Trojans benefited from an official’s call as well.
Freshman O.J. Mayo scored 23 points and matched a career high with six assists, and the Trojans (21-10) held ASU to six field goals after halftime in a victory over the Sun Devils (19-12).
Freshman Davon Jefferson and Taj Gibson each had 11 points and nine rebounds for USC, which held ASU without a field goal after Derek Glasser made his only basket of the game with 9:35 remaining to give the Sun Devils a 49-42 lead.
Arizona State appeared to tie the game at 57 when Jeff Pendergraph slammed in a James Harden miss with 16.9 seconds left, but Pendergraph was called for going over Jefferson’s back for his fifth foul.
Jefferson made two free throws to complete the scoring.
(11) Stanford 75, Arizona 64: Brook Lopez had 20 points and 15 rebounds, including 10 in a second-half spurt that helped the Cardinal pull away to victory over the Wildcats.
The second-seeded Cardinal (25-6) advanced to play Washington State. The Cardinal swept the Cougars during the regular season.
Robin Lopez added 14 points for Stanford, and Lawrence Hill, Mitch Johnson and Fred Washington had 11 points each.
Jerryd Bayless led Arizona (19-14) with 18 points.