Pac-12 roundup: UCLA rolls over Stanford in semifinal
LAS VEGAS – Norman Powell scored 22 points, Travis Wear added 16 and UCLA started its rout of Stanford early, rolling over the Cardinal 84-59 in the Pac-12 semifinals on Friday night.
Coming off a rout in the quarterfinals, UCLA (25-8) started another one by building a 12-point lead in the opening four minutes. The Bruins kept making shots and kept building the lead, racing off to today’s championship game against fourth-ranked and top-seeded Arizona.
Kyle Anderson added 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for UCLA, which shot 65 percent.
Stanford (21-12) was listless from the start of its third game in three days, unable to match UCLA’s intensity or athleticism.
The Cardinal labored offensively and barely got in the Bruins’ way on defense, left now to wait for Selection Sunday to see if they’ll be in the NCAA tournament.
Dwight Powell scored 16 points and Chasson Randle added 11 for Stanford.
Wear had 12 points by halftime, Anderson 11 and the Bruins made 18 of 29 shots for a 44-29 lead.
The only thing that changed in the second half was Stanford missed more shots than the first.
The Cardinal opened 2 of 9 from the floor, while UCLA hit seven of its first nine to build the lead to 62-34.
The Bruins hit 12 of 17 shots in the second half to keep the blowout rolling.
Arizona 63, Colorado 43: Nick Johnson scored 16 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 12 and the Wildcats ran away from the tired Buffaloes in a dominating second half to rout CU in the first semifinal.
Unlike its last win over Colorado, Arizona (30-3) started slow, allowing the Buffaloes to keep it close at halftime.
Playing its third game in as many days, Colorado had no chance at stopping the Wildcats once they got rolling, succumbing to Arizona’s defensive pressure and string of highlight-reel plays.
Arizona shot 60 percent in the second half and held Colorado (23-11) to 5-of-22 shooting in the final 20 minutes.
T.J. McConnell added 12 points, five assists and four rebounds for the Wildcats in front of a pro-Arizona crowd at MGM Grand Garden Arena that made it feel like McKale Center West.