UCLA broke out new uniforms that looked like pajamas and played like they were barely awake well into the second half.
Freshman Shabazz Muhammad snapped the Bruins out of it, saving them from an inglorious exit from the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas.
Muhammad scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, Travis Wear hit a jumper with 11 seconds left and No. 21 UCLA rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Arizona State 80-75 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament on Thursday.
‘‘These guys never quit. They never gave up,’’ UCLA coach Ben Howland said. ‘‘They never stopped believing in themselves and each other and really found a way to battle back. ‘‘
Wearing uniforms with sleeves and matching camouflage-patterned shorts, the Bruins (24-8) got off to a groggy start and appeared to be in danger of becoming the second straight top seed to lose its first game in the Pac-12 tournament.
Muhammad gave UCLA the spark it needed with a highlight-reel dunk over Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski and scored 10 points during a 17-4 second-half run that got the Bruins back in it.
UCLA kept its composure down the stretch, going up, 78-75, on Wear’s jumper and stayed in front when Arizona State’s Jonathan Gilling missed a corner 3-pointer in the closing seconds.
Larry Drew II had 20 points and Wear finished with 15 to send the Bruins into the semifinals against No. 18 Arizona on Friday night.
Jahii Carson had 21 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds to lead ninth-seeded Arizona State (21-12).
Arizona 79, Colorado 69 — Nick Johnson scored 18 points and hit a contested shot with 34 seconds left, helping the No. 18 Wildcats (25-6) beat the Buffaloes (21-11).
Utah 79, California 69 — Jarred DuBois scored 21 points and hit a tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation, Jordan Loveridge scored 8 of his 20 points in overtime, and the Utes (15-17) upset the second-seeded Golden Bears (20-11).
Big East quarterfinals — Otto Porter scored 18 points and fifth-ranked Georgetown (25-5) pulled away from Cincinnati for a 62-43 victory in New York. The Hoyas will play Friday against 19th-ranked and fifth-seeded Syracuse, a 62-59 winner over Pittsburgh . . . The fourth-seeded Panthers (24-8) used a 10-3 run to get within 58-57 with 30 seconds left but Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams didn’t miss from the free throw line to lead the fifth-seeded Orange (25-8) . . . Russ Smith scored 28 points, leading No. 4 Louisville (27-5) into the semifinals with a 74-55 victory over Villanova . . . Pat Connaughton scored 18 points on six 3-pointers and Jack Cooley had two big offensive rebounds in Notre Dame’s game-changing run as the 24th-ranked Fighting Irish beat No. 12 Marquette, 73-65.
Big Ten first round — Brandon Paul scored 25 points and hit a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to lead Illinois to a 51-49 victory over Minnesota in Chicago . . . Trey Burke scored 21 points and No. 6 Michigan beat Penn State 83-66 . . . Shavon Shields scored 19 points, Brandon Ubel added 16 points and eight rebounds and Nebraska beat Purdue, 57-55 . . . Devyn Marble scored 19 points to help Iowa hold on for the 73-59 victory over Northwestern.
Big 12 quarterfinals — Melvin Ejim had 23 points and 12 rebounds and Will Clyburn (17 points) fueled a 12-0 second-half run, helping Iowa State beat Oklahoma, 73-66, in Kansas City, Mo. . . . Ben McLemore scored 24 points to lead No. 7 Kansas to a 91-63 rout of Texas Tech . . . Rodney McGruder scored 24 points and sparked an 11-0 run in the second half, lifting No. 11 Kansas State past Texas, 66-49 . . . Phil Forte hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds left and No. 14 Oklahoma State survived after blowing a 20-point lead to beat Baylor, 74-72.
Conference USA quarterfinals — Neil Watson scored 23 points and Dwayne Davis scored 20 to lead second-seeded Southern Mississippi to an 81-66 victory over UAB in Tulsa, Okla. . . . Julian Washburn led six UTEP players in double figures with 20 points and the Miners defeated Houston, 80-69 . . . Chris Crawford set career-highs with 24 points and six 3-pointers, Adonis Thomas scored 17 points and No. 20 Memphis beat Tulane, 81-68 . . . Scottie Haralson scored 22 points, James Woodard added 17 and Tulsa advanced with a 79-72 win over East Carolina.
SEC quarterfinals — Shavon Coleman scored 24 points, and the LSU Tigers held off Georgia, 68-63 in Nashville to give first-year coach Johnny Jones a win in his SEC tournament debut. LSU, which started league play by losing its first four games, now has won three of four. The Tigers (19-11) will play No. 13 Florida in the quarterfinals Friday. Georgia (15-17) has lost two straight . . . Jordan McRae scored 17 points as fifth-seeded Tennessee defeated No. 13 seed Mississippi State, 69-53. Tennessee (20-11) won for the ninth time in its last 10 games to advance to a Friday quarterfinal against No. 4 seed Alabama (20-11). Craig Sword scored 19 points, Colin Borchert had 12 and Trivante Bloodman added 10 for Mississippi State (10-22) . . . Kedren Johnson hit all four of his free throws in the final 19.8 seconds, and 10th-seeded Vanderbilt upset No. 7 seed Arkansas, 75-72 . . . Alex Oriakhi scored 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as No. 6 seed Missouri defeated cold-shooting No. 11 seed Texas A&M, 62-50.