9:00 PM ET, March 15, 2013
LAS VEGAS -- Freshman Jordan Adams carried UCLA into the Pac-12 championship game.Now the Bruins will have to carry on without him.Adams scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half before breaking his right foot on the game's final play, helping No. 21 UCLA beat No. 18 Arizona for the third time this season, a 66-64 victory Friday night that sends the Bruins to the Pac-12 tournament title game.
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 15: Kevin Parrom #3 of the Arizona Wildcats drives on Kyle Anderson #5 of the UCLA Bruins...(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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MVP: Jordan Adams. The freshman guard scored 18 points in the second half and hit 11 of his 13 total free throw attempts en route to a huge 24-point, four-rebound, two-steal performance. Unfortunately the news after the game was horrific. He broke his foot on the final play of the game and is out for the season.
X Factor: The Bruins typically rely on uptempo offense to get the job done, but on a night when they shot just 39 percent from the field and 1-of-12 from 3, hitting 17-of-21 free throws (to Arizona's 7-of-9) made up for the slack.
That was...a season sweep of the Wildcats: It's been easy to criticize Ben Howland in the last two seasons, but after a miserable 2011-12 he reloaded and restyled himself, and came away not only with a Pac-12 regular season title but a three-game season sweep of Arizona. I'm guessing UCLA fans will take it -- although this Adams injury certainly dampens the mood.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||25-56 (.446)||24-61 (.393)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-17 (.412)||1-12 (.083)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-9 (.778)||17-21 (.810)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (0/0)||10 (0/0)|
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