Sun Devils Advance to Semi’s in Las Vegas

Arizona State's Kimani Lawrence, right, blocks a shot by UCLA's Chris Smith during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 men's tournament Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS – Survive and advance. It’s the simple motto of March basketball. Thursday night Arizona State did what they needed to do in their 83-72 win over UCLA in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament here at the T-Mobile Arena. 



In front of a pro-Arizona State crowd the Sun Devils couldn’t shake the pesky Bruins for the first 16 minutes of the game, but in the final 3:51  of the first half Bobby Hurley’s team went on a 14-0 run including a half court buzzer beater by Kamani Lawerence, giving ASU a 45-29 halftime lead. 

The second half resembled more of open-gym at the local Y, than two teams fighting to get to the Friday night semi-finals. UCLA cut the gap to 59-47 at the 12:00 mark.  but the Sun Devils would pull away and cruise to the win.



Media personality Brad Cesmat first rose to fame in Southern California with the launching of "The Mighty 690" all-sports radio station in the late 1980's and early 90's. Brad came to Arizona in 1993 to begin a 10-year run at KTAR Radio followed by nine years at KTVK-TV in Phoenix. Brad is the Founder/ CEO of His vision of multi platform content marketing through sports began in September of 2011. Cesmat has served on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army for the last 18 years. He and his wife Chris have four children.