Gold's Pac-12 tourney blog: Stanford shuts down ASU's big three

2014-03-13T14:13:00Z 2014-03-13T22:40:01Z Gold's Pac-12 tourney blog: Stanford shuts down ASU's big threeJon Gold Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Quarterfinals, Game 7

Stanford 79, Arizona State 58

POG: Stanford guard Chasson Randle. Randle was fantastic again for the Cardinal, leading Stanford with 21 points in a must-win game for the team's NCAA Tournament chances.

LOG: Arizona State guard Jermaine Marshall. Marshall, part of the Arizona State three-headed monster along with Jahii Carson and Jordan Bachynski, completely disappeared on Thursday. Carson didn't do much with 10 points and Bachynski had just seven points and five rebounds, but Marshall was glaring with just four points on 2-of-8 shooting.

Pivotal moment: Dwight Powell was just about silent for the Cardinal in the first half, scoring zero points with two rebounds. But his jumper less than a minute into the second half sent the Cardinal soaring to the win, and he finished with 15 points in the game.

Won or Lost? This game was won by Stanford, mainly by shutting down ASU's three primary options. When Carson and Marshall combine for 14 points, it ain't gonna cut it.

Quarterfinals, Game 7

UCLA 82, Oregon 63

POG: UCLA guard Zach LaVine. LaVine, named to the conference all-freshman team, proved why on Thursday. He had 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting off the bench, providing the Bruins with the extra spark they needed.

LOG: Every Duck but Joseph Young. Oregon's high scorer was fantastic, putting up 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting with six 3-pointers. The rest of the Oregon lineup? Not so much. No other Duck finished in double figures, and standouts Mike Moser and Jason Calliste combined or 11 points.

Pivotal moment: Kyle Anderson very well could've been player of the game, much less player of the year in the conference. But he saved his best for one of the most impressive plays of the year, a soaring slam dunk and one with less than a minute left in the first half to put UCLA up two. With that as fuel, the Bruins outscored Oregon 45-28 in the second half.

Won or Lost? This game was lost by Oregon and its horrendous defense. With a fantastic offense, the questions throughout the year centered around the Ducks' iffy chemistry and less-than-iffy defense. That was an issue again on Thursday as UCLA shot 56.6 from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.

Quarterfinals, Game 6

Colorado 59, Cal 56

POG: Colorado forward Xavier Johnson. Askia Booker had 17 points and shot relatively well from the field at 7-of-15, but Johnson's 10 points and eight rebounds against Cal's solid front court was the difference here. Better yet, he helped hold Richard Solomon to four points.

LOG: Cal guard Jordan Mathews. The Cal freshman guard has been a reliable presence off the bench for the Bears, averaging nearly nine points in the regular season. He tanked on Thursday, though, scoring just two points on 1-of-5 shooting.

Pivotal moment: This game was so close throughout that things weren't truly decided until the game's last shot. That's when Justin Cobbs came up just a bit short on a would-be game-tying 3-point attempt.

Won or Lost? This game was won by Colorado, which had a truly balanced attack, including four starters in double-figures. The Buffaloes looked to Booker again, but got enough production aside from him that they were able to advance.

Quarterfinals, Game 5

Arizona 71, Utah 39

POG: Arizona guard Nick Johnson. The conference player of the year was brilliant from the get-go, leading the Wildcats with 12 first-half points and playing shutdown defense. All that, in just 26 minutes, which keeps him fresh going forward.

LOG: Utah's triumvirate of Delon Wright, Jordan Loveridge and Brandon Taylor. The Utes' normally consistent trio combined for seven points on 1-of-16 shooting, and they were never a threat.

Pivotal moment: Tip-off? Just about. Arizona had a 7-6 lead just 15:29 into the game and a 22-6 lead less than eight minutes later. Johnson started the game on fire and barely cooled off. Even his brother, little-used forward Chris, got in on the act, dropping in a 3-pointer.

If anything, the pivotal moment may have been the team's season-ending loss to Oregon.

Won or Lost? This game was won by Arizona, which strapped the Utes into the guillotine and let go of the handle. The Wildcats simply overwhelmed Utah, and it wasn't any one thing. It was everything, often.

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

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