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Mar 14, 2019 11:51 PM 1+ week ago

LAS VEGAS -- UCLA's turbulent basketball season, which included the program's first midseason coaching change, likely came to an end Thursday evening, an anticlimactic finish in a half-empty arena.

The seventh-seeded Bruins lost to second-seeded Arizona State 83-72 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament after trailing by double-digits for much of the second half.

It was an early exit for the Bruins after they had reached at least the semifinals of the conference tournament in the previous two seasons under former coach Steve Alford, who was fired in December following a four-game losing streak to end nonconference play.

Many of UCLA's difficulties this season came away from Pauley Pavilion, where the Bruins (17-16 overall) lost 11 of 15 games.

Although the Bruins only trailed by two points with 3:59 left until halftime, the margin grew rapidly from there as ASU (22-9) closed on a 14-0 run. During the Bruins' scoreless stretch, they missed four straight shots.

Over the four minutes before halftime, ...

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