No. 3 UCLA downs Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Darren Collison had 16 points and handed
out five assists, as the third-ranked UCLA Bruins defeated the Arizona State
Sun Devils, 60-50, in Pac-10 action at the Pauley Pavilion.
Arron Afflalo netted 13 points, while Josh Shipp had 12 for the Bruins (16-1,
5-1), who have won all 10 of their home games this season. Michael Roll
finished with eight points in the win.
Christian Polk scored 16 points and Allen Morill had 11 points and seven
rebounds for the Sun Devils (6-12, 0-7), who have lost eight in a row and were
held to fewer than 60 points for the fifth straight game.
Arizona State took control early behind the strength of an 11-0 run that
pushed its lead to 17-6 with 12:21 on the clock. Jerren Shipp had six points
during the run.
The Bruins, though, slowly crept back into the game and three consecutive
layups cut the lead to two, as Collison’s inside bucket made it a 26-24 game
with 6:05 remaining.
Polk then hit a three for the Sun Devils, but Lorenzo Mata countered with a
dunk, and Josh Shipp’s three-point play evened the game at 29-29.
Arizona State grabbed the lead before the break, as a Polk jumper made it
37-34 game at the half.
The teams traded leads early in the second half until nine straight points by
UCLA pushed its lead to 50-41. Roll and Collison both hit three-pointers to
start the run.
A layup and trey by Morill pulled Arizona State to within four with 6:06
remaining, but the Bruins netted the next five points to push their lead back
A driving layup and subsequent free throw by Collison gave the Bruins a 58-48
edge with 2:24 to play.
Jerren Shipp and Jeff Pendergraph both had eight points in the loss…Mata had
four pints…Both teams shot 44 percent from the floor…Arizona State is now
0-5 in true road games…UCLA leads the all-time series 52-15.