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Lauri Markkanen scores 29 points as Arizona defeats UCLA in Pac-12 Tournament semifinals

Arizona players celebrate after defeating UCLA 86-75 in Friday’s Pac-12 Tournament semifinals in Las Vegas. (John Locher / Associated Press)
Arizona players celebrate after defeating UCLA 86-75 in Friday’s Pac-12 Tournament semifinals in Las Vegas. (John Locher / Associated Press)

LAS VEGAS – Lauri Markkanen scored 29 points, Allonzo Trier added 20 and No. 7 Arizona shot its way past No. 3 UCLA 86-75 Friday night in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals.

Arizona (29-4) took advantage of UCLA’s defensive lapses and played well on its own end while avenging a disappointing loss to the Bruins in Tucson two weeks ago.

The co-Pac-12 champion Wildcats shot 50 percent and made 10 of 20 from 3-point range in front of a rowdy crowd that made T-Mobile Arena feel like McKale Center west.

Arizona will play No. 5 Oregon in Saturday night’s title game.

UCLA (29-4) struggled from the perimeter against Arizona’s length, hitting 4 of 25 from 3-point range. Lonzo Ball and Bryce Alford combined for 13 points and were 2 for 16 from beyond the arc.


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