UCLA defeat Arizona State in Pac-12 regular season finale

UCLA will be the fifth seed in the Pac-12 tournament where they will play No. 12 seed Oregon State on Wednesday in the first round at the T-Mobile Arena.

LOS ANGELES — Adem Bona scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Bruins end their 5-game skid by defeating Arizona State 59-47 on Saturday night.

Lazar Stefanovic scored 16 points and Dylan Andrews added 12 points to pick up a much needed win for the Bruins as they head to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 tournament next week.

It took some of the Bruins’ best basketball in the past few weeks for them to pick up this win.

After a slow start, UCLA dominated the second half outscoring the SunDevils 32 to 16.

“That I was most impressed with… our defensive intensity changed the game,” said UCLA coach Mick Cronin.

The Bruins (15-16, 10-10 Pac-12) trailed 31-27 at halftime in the storied 11-time NCAA champion program’s final Pac-12 regular season game ever at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA was able to tie the game at 31 early in the second half but Arizona State made a run to go up 42-33 with nearly 13 minutes to go.

Arizona State was only able to muster up five points in the final nine minutes of the game.

“We understood what the game means for the team going into the Pac-12 tournament,” said Bona. “It’s our last home game of the Pac-12, so we knew what the game meant to the people that came before us and also for the team morale going into the Pac-12 tournament so we needed to win the game and we gave all our effort.”

Arizona State (14-17, 8-12) junior guard Adam Miller scored a team-high 13 points. Junior guard Jamiya Neal had 12 points.

The last time these two teams matched up, the Bruins were able to walk away with a 68-66 win in Tempe.

Next year UCLA will be playing in the Big Ten leaving behind a great legacy in the Pac-12 conference.

With this win, UCLA will be the fifth seed in next week’s Pac-12 tournament where they will play No. 12 seed Oregon State on Wednesday, March 13 in the first round at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.