Mar 14, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Norman Powell (4) shoots against Stanford Cardinal forward Josh Huestis (24) during the second half in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Conference college basketball tournament at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Bruins defeated the Cardinal 84-59. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford Cardinal’s Pac-12 Run Ends With A Thud, UCLA Cruises to 84-59 Pac-12 Semifinal Win


The Stanford Cardinal, playing for the third consecutive night, fell behind early and never recovered as the No. 2-seeded UCLA Bruins advanced to the championship of the Pac-12 Conference tournament with an 84-59 win at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Friday night.

Stanford (21-12), the tournament’s No. 6 seed, gained a spot in the semifinals by knocking off third-seeded Arizona State on Thursday, but the Cardinal just didn’t have much left in the tank for the Bruins (25-8), who shot a sizzling 65.2 percent.

The Bruins pushed the lead into double digits on a jumper by Jordan Adams just 4:47 into the game, part of a 10-0 run that gave UCLA a 24-5 lead. Stanford rallied a bit, closing to within 15 points at halftime, 44-29, but the Bruins opened the second half much as they did the first. An 18-5 run put UCLA up 62-34 with 12:29 left and basically ended the competitive phase of the game.

Norman Powell scored 22 points to lead the Bruins. Travis Wear added 16 points and Kyle Anderson finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

Dwight Powell had 16 points and four rebounds for the Cardinal and Chasson Randle scored 11 points. Marcus Allen had three assists.

Stanford was 20-for-51 (39.2 percent) overall, 6-for-22 (27.3 percent) from 3-point range and 13-for-19 (68.4 percent) from the free-throw line. UCLA was 30-for-46, 3-for-13 (23.1 percent) and 22-for-30 (73.3 percent).

UCLA owned the glass by a 34-22 margin, as well.

Blowouts were the theme of the night at the MGM Grand, as top-seeded Arizona crushed Colorado, the No. 5 seed, 63-43 in the first semifinal of the night.

The top two seeds will meet for the championship Saturday at 3 p.m.

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