When Travis Wear dove into the corner of the MGM Grand Garden Arena, he knew how badly he wanted the ball.
With just over two minutes left in UCLA’s eventual 75-71 Pac-12 tournament title win over Arizona, the senior forward laid out along the floor, beating Wildcat freshman Aaron Gordon for a wild loose ball.
“I think I got off the ground before he did,” Wear said. “I was like ‘This is mine.’”
Head coach Steve Alford called it one of the best plays in Pac-12 tournament history. It was indicative of the game’s tense final minutes, a stretch that only saw one field goal in the final 3:59.
“It was big time down the stretch,” Wear said. “Defense really kicked in. Nobody really gave up a bucket. Guys are scratching, clawing, punching — doing whatever they could to get the ball.”
“Thankfully, Jordan hit that three at the end.”