Gold's Pac-12 tourney blog: Arizona, UCLA set for championship showdown

2014-03-14T20:00:00Z 2014-03-14T23:15:40Z Gold's Pac-12 tourney blog: Arizona, UCLA set for championship showdownJon Gold Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Semifinals, Game 10

UCLA 84, Stanford 59

POG: UCLA guard Norman Powell. Powell was at his absolute apex on Friday night, and he picked a fine time to set a season-high for points. Powell had 22 on 7-of-10 shooting with 8-of-9 from the free-throw line as the Cardinal had no answer for his craftiness. Kudos to Kyle Anderson, too, who had 13 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

LOG: Stanford guard Anthony Brown. While Chasson Randle was, ahem, less than prolific, scoring just 11 points, Brown was downright bad. He finished with two points on 1-for-7 shooting. Yuck.

Pivotal moment: Anderson drained a 3-pointer just 40 seconds into the game, setting the Bruins on the path to righteousness. Within four minutes, they were up 12.

Won or Lost? This game was won by UCLA, which got off to a running start and never hit the brakes. The Bruins played incredible offensively, shooting 65 percent from the field despite 23 percent 3-point shooting. 

Semifinals, Game 9

Arizona 63, Colorado 43

POG: Arizona guard T.J. McConnell. McConnell was crucial early, scoring some early buckets, and late, settling into his role as distributor. McConnell finished with 12 points but added five assists and four rebounds, with zero turnovers. 

LOG: Colorado forward Josh Scott. The Buffaloes big man was completely neutralized by Arizona's size, finishing with four points on 2-of-9 shooting, with just four rebounds and a block. For good measure - or is it bad? - he also had three turnovers.

Pivotal moment: Sometimes it only takes one shot. Arizona drew up a near-perfect play to close the first half, the ball rotated over to Gabe York, and York rained in his only field goal of the day. It just happened to be a 3-pointer, and it just happened to give the Wildcats a 27-24 lead, one they would not relinquish.

Won or Lost? This game was won by Arizona, with an absolutely brilliant defensive effort for the second day in a row. The Wildcats have the ability to flip a switch that most other teams don't even have. Two straight days holding the opponent under 30 percent shooting? Decent to quite decent.

Contact reporter Jon Gold at jgold@azstarnet.com or at (520) 573-8013. On Twitter: @TheCoolSub

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