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Arizona’s Deandre Ayton caps dominant Pac-12 tournament with 32-point, 18-rebound night

By Matt Bonesteel

March 11, 2018 at 1:16 AM

Deandre Ayton was dominant again, this time to the tune of 32 points and 18 rebounds Saturday night against USC. (Isaac Brekken/Associated Press)

FINAL

Game 11: No. 1 seed Arizona 75. Southern California 61

Deandre Ayton had 32 points and 18 rebounds in one of the most dominating performances in Pac-12 tournament history, leading No. 15 Arizona to its second straight title with a 75-61 victory over Southern California on Saturday night. Ayton put on a show along The Strip in Las Vegas, bouncing back from a nervous Pac-12 opener with two dominating games. The Bahamian big man had 32 points and 14 rebounds in a semifinal win over UCLA and knocked the Trojans (23-11) around like bowling pins in the championship game. Ayton made 14 of 20 shots from the floor and all four of his free throws to lead Arizona (27-8) to its ninth Pac-12 title. Nick Rakocevic led USC with 13 points. — Associated Press

SEMIFINALS

Game 9: No. 1 seed Arizona 78, No. 4 UCLA 67 (OT)

Skinny: Deandre Ayton scored seven of his 32 points in overtime and grabbed 14 rebounds, lifting No. 15 Arizona over UCLA. Arizona (26-7) labored offensively before Ayton sparked the Wildcats in the second half. UCLA (21-11) matched Arizona nearly shot for shot, tying the game with about five minutes to go. Ayton dominated overtime and made 13 of 16 shots overall after struggling in the quarterfinals against Colorado. — Associated Press

Game 10: No. 2 seed USC 74, No. 6 Oregon 54

Skinny: Jonah Mathews scored 27 points, Elijah Stewart added 15 and Southern California stormed its way into the Pac-12 Tournament title game with a 74-54 rout over Oregon on Friday night. USC (23-10) took advantage of the tired Ducks at both ends. The Trojans shot 50 percent and made 10 of 23 from three-point range, while harassing Oregon into turnovers and missed shots. No. 2 seed USC moves on to face No. 15 and top-seeded Arizona in the Pac-12 title game Saturday night. Oregon (22-12) labored in its third game in three days, unable to get shots to fall or keep up with the fresh-legged Trojans. The Ducks had two long scoreless stretches, shot 33 percent from the field and 8 of 30 from the three-point arc. — Associated Press

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QUARTERFINALS

Game 5: No. 1 seed Arizona 83, No. 8 Colorado 67

Skinny: Allonzo Trier scored 22 points, Dusan Ristic had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 15 Arizona used a big second-half run to roll over Colorado on Thursday in the Pac-12 quarterfinals. Arizona (25-7) wasn’t exactly crisp on offense and Pac-12 player of the year Deandre Ayton had a rare quiet day. The Wildcats made up for it with scrappiness, earning a spot in the semifinals Friday against UCLA. — Associated Press

Game 6: No. 4 seed UCLA 88 vs. No. 5 Stanford 77

Skinny: Aaron Holliday had 34 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, lifting UCLA to a victory over Stanford. UCLA (21-10) got off to a fast start, withstood a late first-half run and held the Cardinal at arm’s length in the second half. — Associated Press

Game 7: No. 2 seed USC 61, No. 10 Oregon State 48

Skinny: Chimezie Metu had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Southern California smothered Oregon State defensively to beat the Beavers. Second-seeded USC (22-10) jumped on Oregon State early and hounded the Beavers all night, holding them to 31-percent shooting. Jordan McLaughlin added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Trojans. — Associated Press

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Game 8: No. 6 seed Oregon 68, No. 3 Utah 66

Skinny: Elijah Brown scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and Kenny Wooten had a second straight game-ending blocked shot as the Ducks rallied from 11 points down in the second half to secure passage to the Pac-12 semifinals. Utah got the ball with 9.7 seconds left and Sedrick Barefield drove the length of the court to attempt a layup. Wooten, who blocked two shots in the final 13 seconds against Washington State in the first round, swooped in and swatted it away to earn a date with Southern Cal on Friday. MiKyle McIntosh scored 18 points and Elijah Brown hit seven three-pointers, one shy of the tournament record. — Associated Press

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FIRST ROUND (Wednesday, March 7)

Game 1: No. 8 Colorado 97, No. 9 Arizona State 85

Skinny: McKinley Wright IV had 20 points and 11 assists, and the Buffaloes put a dent in the Sun Devils’ NCAA tournament in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday. Colorado (17-14) made 13 of 21 from three-point range and took control of a close game with a 15-1 run midway through the second half. The Buffaloes shot 54 percent overall and made 18 of 20 free throws to earn a spot in Thursday’s quarterfinals against No. 15 Arizona. — Associated Press

Game 2: No. 5 Stanford 76, No. 12 California 58

Skinny: Reid Travis had 19 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Cardinal roll over the rival Bears in the first round Wednesday. Stanford (18-14) shot well early to build a double-digit lead and shut down California defensively to earn a spot in Thursday’s quarterfinals against fourth-seeded UCLA. The fifth-seeded Cardinal held Cal to 28 percent shooting and had a 30-18 advantage in the paint. Travis hit 7 of 11 shots and Dorian Pickens scored 16 points. — Associated Press

Related: [SEC tournament TV schedule, bracket and team previews]

Game 3: No. 10 Oregon State 69, No. 7 Washington 66 (OT)

Skinny: Drew Eubanks scored 19 points, Stephen Thompson Jr. added 14 and the Beavers outlasted Huskies in overtime Wednesday night in the opening round. Oregon State went up 66-64 in overtime on Tres Tinkle’s two free throws and Washington tried to set up a shot to tie, but David Crisp threw the ball out of bounds. Eubanks hit 1 of 2 free throws, and Crisp scored on a layup with 3.1 seconds left to pull the Huskies within two. Tinkle hit two more free throws with 2.5 seconds left, and Crisp got a good look at a tying three-pointer, but it caromed off the back of the rim. — Associated Press

Game 4: No. 6 Oregon 64, No. 11 Washington State 62 (OT)

Skinny: The Ducks managed just 17 points in the first half, but a second-half surge lifted them into the quarterfinals. Payton Pritchard scored on a runner late in overtime and Wooten had a pair of blocked shots in the final 13 seconds, lifting Oregon to victory. The Ducks are fighting for a long-shot NCAA tournament spot. — Associated Press

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Matt Bonesteel spent the first 17 years of his Washington Post career writing and editing. In 2014, Bonesteel pivoted from the newspaper to online and now he blogs for the Early Lead and other Web-based products owned by The Post.

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Early Lead

Arizona’s Deandre Ayton caps dominant Pac-12 tournament with 32-point, 18-rebound night

By Matt Bonesteel

March 11, 2018 at 1:16 AM

Deandre Ayton was dominant again, this time to the tune of 32 points and 18 rebounds Saturday night against USC. (Isaac Brekken/Associated Press)

FINAL

Game 11: No. 1 seed Arizona 75. Southern California 61

Deandre Ayton had 32 points and 18 rebounds in one of the most dominating performances in Pac-12 tournament history, leading No. 15 Arizona to its second straight title with a 75-61 victory over Southern California on Saturday night. Ayton put on a show along The Strip in Las Vegas, bouncing back from a nervous Pac-12 opener with two dominating games. The Bahamian big man had 32 points and 14 rebounds in a semifinal win over UCLA and knocked the Trojans (23-11) around like bowling pins in the championship game. Ayton made 14 of 20 shots from the floor and all four of his free throws to lead Arizona (27-8) to its ninth Pac-12 title. Nick Rakocevic led USC with 13 points. — Associated Press

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