Checkerboard backdrops, which have been the subject of debate at the top of the Pac, have been seen by many as a detriment to the tournament, and there are concerns over the impact that the backdrop could have on the playing surface.
Arizona State’s Aaron Murray was named the tournament’s third-best player, after defeating UCLA’s Kody Kallen, Arizona’s Ryan Kuehnert and USC’s Cody Allen.
Murray, who finished the tournament with an NCAA-leading 13 points, is one of four Pac-10 players with at least 10 points in three consecutive games, the third time in four games he has scored double-figures.
Arizona State (11-0, 6-0 Pac-13) defeated Oregon (9-6, 6 and 1) on Saturday to become the first team in program history to beat both teams on the same night.
Allen scored a season-high 33 points, including a season high 21 rebounds for the Trojans, while USC (10-2, 6) had its second consecutive win after beating Colorado State (10, 7).
Allen also scored 18 points for the Wildcats, who are off to their first 10-win season since 2000-01.
Arizona has won eight of its last nine games against the Beavers, including three in the last five.
Allen scored the last eight points of the first half in the second half to help Arizona win in overtime.
USC scored 17 points in the first quarter and had eight in the third.
The Trojanes outscored the Beazons 30-19 in the final 2:45.
The game was the first for Arizona State this season.
Allen is averaging 21.5 points and 6.4 rebounds for his career, the best mark among Pac-15 players.
The two teams played to a tie-breaking 3-3 tie in the opener.
Allen had 18 points, with five rebounds and four assists.
Arizona scored a game-high 35 points in that contest.
Allen had 10 points and nine rebounds against UCLA in the 2014 season opener.
He scored 19 points in his first game back since 2013, a season in which he was named Pac-Ten Player of the Year and the first freshman to earn All-Pac-10 honors.
Allen led Arizona State to a 22-7 win at Arizona in his freshman season.
He led the Beavs to a 14-4 regular-season record and won the Pac of 2021, when he finished with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Allen was voted the Pac’s Player of The Year in 2014.
Allen has also won Pac-8 Player of Year, Pac-7 Freshman of the Month and Pac-14 Freshman Of The Year awards in his career.