LAS VEGAS - Arizona came out with much more intensity in the second half and used it en route to a 73-51 victory over California to advance to the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament.
T.J. McConnell scored to open the game, but Tyrone Wallace made a three. After a bucket by Brandon Ashley, Wallace scored again. Rondae Jefferson then got on the board, as a three by Jordan Matthews put the Golden Bears up 8-6 at the media timeout.
McConnell got another jumper before David Kravish and Wallace scored. McConnell then proceeded to make another, as Hollis-Jefferson scored. After a free-throw, Stanley Johnson got a basket and the Wildcats took a 15-12 lead with 11:48 remaining in the first half.
Hollis-Jefferson made one of two from the line before Johnson scored. After a basket by Bird, Sam Singer made a free-throw. Bird scored again, but a three by Johnson put Arizona up four.
Gabe York made a three as Singer answered with a jumper. Ashley and Singer then exchanged baskets, as a shot by Johnson put Arizona up 30-26 with 1:32 left in the half.
Wallace made a free-throw and Ashley added a three-point play to give the Wildcats a 33-27 lead going into the half.
Bird made a three to start the half and Ashley made two free-throws. Johnson and Kravish exchanged baskets before Johnson made a three and a dunk by Hollis-Jefferson forced a timeout with the Wildcats up 42-32.
Hollis-Jefferson scored and Tarczewski added two free-throws. Kravis then made a jumper, but Tarczewski scored. A bucket by Wallace proceeded to cut Arizona’s lead to 48-36 with 11:52 left in the half.
Ashley made two free-throws and Wallace answered with a basket. York and Bird proceeded to exchange threes to keep Arizona’s lead at 10.
Ashley made two free-throws and York hit a floater. After a basket by Wallace, McConnell drained a three.
Wallace and Johnson then exchanged buckets as the Wildcats went up 64-49 with 3:38 left.