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Third-ranked UCLA holds off USC to move to Pac-12 men’s semifinals

UCLA’s TJ Leaf, center, grabs a rebound over Southern California’s Bennie Boatwright, left, and Shaqquan Aaron during the first half of Thursday’s Pac-12 quarterfinals in Las Vegas. (John Locher / Associated Press)
UCLA’s TJ Leaf, center, grabs a rebound over Southern California’s Bennie Boatwright, left, and Shaqquan Aaron during the first half of Thursday’s Pac-12 quarterfinals in Las Vegas. (John Locher / Associated Press)
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LAS VEGAS – Isaac Hamilton scored 22 points and No. 3 UCLA overcame an uneven performance by Lonzo Ball while holding off rival Southern California 76-74 on Thursday night in the Pac-12 quarterfinals.

Ball got into early foul trouble and the young point guard struggled as the Trojans cut into a 14-point deficit before missing a tying 3-pointer and two more shots in the final minute while trailing by three.

Ball, the Pac-12 freshman of the year, finished with 12 points and seven assists. Next up for Ball and the Bruins is a matchup with No. 7 Arizona in the semifinals on Friday night.

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