Energy was a problem for the UCLA Bruins last week when they split their road trip with a loss at Washington State and win at Washington. A similar problem seemed to plague the top-seeded Bruins today, as they fell 15 points behind No. 9 seed Arizona State early in the second half.
But then UCLA did what UCLA does -- score a bunch of points to close the gap -- and the Bruins were able to survive a scare from the dangerous Sun Devils, 80-75.
The Bruins finally reclaimed the lead with 1:02 remaining when Travis Wear hit a jumper off a nice pass from Kyle Anderson, who expertly facilitated down the stretch. Wear finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds, one of four UCLA players to reach double digit scoring.
Jonathan Gilling got a couple of really good looks from three down the stretch, including one that would have tied it with a couple of seconds to go, but after hitting five of his first seven attempts from beyond the arc, he missed his final four to finish with 17 points.
Shabazz Muhammad led UCLA with 20 points, and was the energy catalyst the Bruins needed, picking up an uncharacteristic nine rebounds.
Jahii Carson once again was the best player for Arizona State with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and a steal. Jordan Bachynski also dropped in 22. Carrick Felix, so big in yesterday's win over Stanford, scored just 7 points on 8 shots.
UCLA advances to the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals and will face the winner of No. 4 seed Arizona and No. 5 seed Colorado on Friday at 6 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks.