UCLA locked up the No. 4 seed in the Pac-12 tournament and earned itself eight days off, vital rest for a team with an eight-player rotation.
Bryce Alford scored 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and Tony Parker added 22 in an 85-74 victory over Southern California on Wednesday night in Los Angeles that earned the Bruins a first-round bye next week.
“I got a couple easy ones to start and then I got to the free-throw line,” said Alford, who was 7 of 10 from the field. “You kind of get your rhythm. It’s just one of those nights when the basket feels like it’s really big.”
Kevon Looney had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Bruins (19-12, 11-7 Pac-12), who ended the regular season on a three-game winning streak. They finished with a 9-0 mark in league games at home for the first time since 2006-07, and went 16-1 at home overall, losing only to No. 7 Gonzaga.
“It’s really big we were able to pull this out,” said Norman Powell, who had 12 points. “We’re playing great basketball.”
Despite not earning a signature nonconference win, Powell believes the Bruins belong in the NCAA tournament.
“For our resume, us holding it down at home and only losing one game, we’ve done enough,” he said. “It’s just time to get some more wins in the tourney to secure that spot.”
Kaitin Reinhardt scored 22 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Trojans (11-19, 3-15). They also wrapped up the regular season, having won one more league game than they did in coach Andy Enfield’s debut a year ago.
Oregon 65, Oregon State 62: Elgin Cook scored 17 points to lead the visiting Ducks past the Beavers in a hotly contested rivalry game in Corvallis.
Joseph Young added 15 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Ducks (23-8, 13-5 Pac-12), who have won five in a row.
Malcolm Duvivier scored 18 points and Gary Payton II had 13 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and six steals for the Beavers (17-13, 8-10), who have lost six of seven.
Oregon State pulled within one point with 34 seconds left after a Duvivier layup, but Oregon made six free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the win. The Beavers committed two costly turnovers in the final 1:30.
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