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  • UCLA rallies for win, loses Adams to foot injury

  • LAS VEGAS — Freshman Jordan Adams carried UCLA into the Pac-12 championship game.
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  • LAS VEGAS — Freshman Jordan Adams carried UCLA into the Pac-12 championship game.
    Now the Bruins will have to carry on without him.
    Adams scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half before breaking his right foot on the game's final play, helping No. 21 UCLA beat No. 18 Arizona for the third time this season, a 66-64 victory Friday night that sends the Bruins to the Pac-12 tournament title game.
    Adams, UCLA's second-leading scorer at 15.2 points per game, limped off the floor after Arizona's final shot attempt and x-rays showed a broke fifth metatarsal, putting a damper on UCLA's win and the rest of its postseason.
    "The very last play of the game when they were shooting, somehow he came down and tweaked his foot," UCLA coach Ben Howland said.
    Ditching their new pajama-like uniforms for the more traditional white with blue and yellow trim, the Bruins (25-8) fought back from an 11-point second-half deficit after pulling off a similar rally against Arizona State in the quarterfinals. Adams triggered it, scoring 17 points in the final 9:57, including 15 straight during one stretch.
    Kyle Anderson put UCLA in front on a putback with 22 seconds left and Arizona's Solomon Hill missed a midrange jumper, sending the Bruins into tonight's title game.
    "The leaders on our team stressed to the five guys that are out there that we have to stay calm, being down 11 or 9 or whatever it was," said Anderson, who had 10 points. "I think that's what we did a really good job of and we were able to fight back for a second time and end up with the win."
    Arizona (25-7) was effective in slowing down Shabazz Muhammad and Larry Drew II, but had no answer for Adams once he got going in the second half.
    Muhammad finished with 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting after a quiet first half and Drew went scoreless after missing all five of his shots.
    Adams made up for it, hitting 6 of 13 shots and 11 of 13 from the free-throw line for the Pac-12 regular-season champs in an entertaining game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Brandon Ashley had 15 points, Mark Lyons added 13 and Kaleb Tarczewski had 13 rebounds for the Wildcats, who had already been assured a spot in the NCAA tournament, but could drop a few seeds after a late-season slide and the loss to UCLA.
    "I don't know what seed we're going to get," Arizona coach Sean Miller sad. "We played well from start to finish and we lost. It's hard when you lose to a team three times."
    UCLA beat Arizona twice during the regular season, 84-73 in Tucson and 74-69 at home for its first season sweep of the Wildcats since the 2007-08 season.
    UCLA got off to a slow start in its opening game of the Pac-12 tournament, rallying from a 15-point deficit to beat Arizona State 80-75 in the quarterfinals.
    Arizona built a 14-point lead in its opener, but couldn't shake Colorado until late for a 79-69 win.
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