(10-3, 4-1 Pac-12)

Arizona State 82

(13-3, 2-2 Pac-12)

    8:30 PM ET, January 13, 2005

    Wells Fargo Arena (AZ), Tempe, Arizona

    1 2 T
    UCLA 42 4486
    ASU 41 4182

    Top Performers

    UCLA: J. Farmar 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    Arizona St: K. Kruger 18 Pts, 1 Reb, 6 Ast

    UCLA 86, Arizona State 82

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- UCLA came in wanting to run on Arizona State, and Jordan Farmar made sure the Bruins got the job done.

    "If they made a shot, we did a good job of getting the ball out quick and just attacking," Farmar said after scoring 20 points in UCLA's 86-82 victory Thursday night. "Making them defend. It's tough to crash the boards and get back at the same time."

    Dijon Thompson added 19 points and Arron Afflalo 17, and UCLA (10-3, 4-1 Pac-10) stymied Arizona State star Ike Diogu with constant double-teaming to win its fourth straight while handing the Sun Devils their first loss in 10 home games.

    Kevin Kruger led Arizona State (13-3, 2-2) with 18 points and six assists. Bryson Krueger had 16 points, Diogu 15 and Serge Angounou had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

    Diogu, a natural power forward who plays center for a relatively small team, extended his career-long, double-digit scoring streak to 75 games. He also had nine rebounds, but shot 6-for-16 from the floor and 3-of-7 on free throws.

    "It was huge win for us," Bruins coach Ben Howland said. "I thought our doubling of Ike tonight is the only way that you can hold him and give yourself a chance."

    Diogu acknowledged that the pressure inside was a factor.

    "You don't want to force anything when you're getting double-teamed," he said. "I was forced to pass the out a lot, but that's going to happen sometimes. They just slowed it down for us."

    Afflalo's 3-pointer lifted UCLA to a 76-71 lead with 2:58 to play. It was the Bruins' last basket. But Thompson made six free throws and Fey and Afflalo had two each down the stretch.

    Kruger made three free throws after a foul by Farmar with 36 seconds left, and Krueger made a 3-pointer with 10.1 seconds left, cutting the deficit to 84-82. But Afflalo's two foul shots and Kruger's missed 3-point attempt at the other end clinched the win.

    UCLA had a one-point halftime lead but ballooned that to 50-41 by scoring four quick baskets in the second half.

    That was the Bruins' biggest lead.

    Diogu made a turnaround in the lane with 11:45 to play, cutting UCLA's lead to 55-53.

    But 7-foot Michael Fey responded with a layin over Diogu for two of his 10 points, Brian Morrison sank a 3-pointer and the Bruins shot ahead, 60-53, just 1:03 later.

    Arizona State opened a 32-20 lead with 6:31 to play in the first half when Kevin Kruger and Bryson Krueger made 3-pointers 51 seconds apart.

    But UCLA fired up its transition game, and Farmar had three fast-break baskets, a three-point play and two technical free throws -- assessed on Arizona State coach Rob Evans for being on the floor during play -- in a 20-6 run that gave the Bruins a 40-38 lead with 1:09 to play.

    Angounou got the lead back with a three-point play, but Fey had a tipin with 9 seconds to go for a 42-41 UCLA lead at halftime.

    "We didn't do a good job getting back in transition," Evans said. "It was something we worked on all week. We knew they were going to come in like that."

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 86 82
    FG Made-Attempted 31-61 (.508) 28-67 (.418)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-20 (.300) 6-22 (.273)
    FT Made-Attempted 18-21 (.857) 20-30 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 12

    2004-05 Season

    » Jan 13, 2005 UCLA 86, @ASU 82Recap
    Feb 10, 2005 @UCLA 95, ASU 76Recap