March 3, 2014 in Sports

Gordon helps Arizona clinch conference title

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Freshman Aaron Gordon had 19 points, 15 rebounds in possible home finale.
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If this was Aaron Gordon’s final home game at Arizona, and it almost certainly was, then he went out in style.

And took the Pac-12 regular-season championship trophy with him.

Gordon, expected to turn pro after a one-and-done freshman season, scored 19 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds to help the No. 3 Wildcats clinch the conference title with a 79-66 victory over Stanford on Sunday night in Tucson, Ariz.

“It feels good,” Gordon said, “but it’s not the final stop on our destination.”

The Wildcats (27-2, 14-2), who won by just three at Stanford a month ago, completed an unbeaten home season in what also could have been the final McKale Center game for two other players: junior Nick Johnson and freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

T.J. McConnell scored 14 points, Gabe York 12, Johnson 11 and Kaleb Tarczewski 10 for Arizona.

After the game, the team was presented the championship trophy and cut down the net. When Gordon got his turn, the crowd chanted “Three more years!” With Johnson, it was “One more year!”

Then coach Sean Miller spoke briefly to the crowd.

“The season is far from over,” he said. “Let’s hope this is the beginning of a long, long run.”

Josh Huestis matched his career high with 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Stanford (18-10, 9-7).

UCLA 74, Oregon State 69: Jordan Adams scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, and the Bruins rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat the Beavers in Los Angeles to snap their only two-game losing streak of the season.

Kyle Anderson added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists for UCLA (22-7, 11-5 Pac-12).

Adams and Anderson returned to action after being suspended for Thursday’s 87-83 double-overtime loss to Oregon for a violation of team rules.

Roberto Nelson led the Beavers (15-13, 7-9) with 23 points.

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