LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The latest round of Dijon vs. Diogu was no
contest -- sort of like the game itself.
UCLA's Dijon Thompson scored 27 of his career-high 39 points in
the first half and Jordan Farmar got all 18 of his points in the
second half, powering the Bruins to a 95-76 victory over Arizona
State on Thursday night.
Arizona State's Ike Diogu, who has scored in double digits in
all 82 of his collegiate games, finished with 20 after averaging 37
points in his previous two against Stanford and California. Half of
his points came on free throws.
"The game was taken over by Dijon Thompson," Sun Devils coach
Rob Evans said. "We tried to guard him. Obviously, we didn't do a
good enough job. We tried different guys on him, but we couldn't
slow him down."
Thompson, who entered the game shooting 48.9 percent from the
field, was 10-for-12 before intermission and 13-for-18 overall.
"It was unbelievable. Every shot seems like it will go in,"
Thompson said. "After hitting my first shot, I knew I would shoot
the ball pretty well tonight. I was playing my game, letting the
game come to me and taking my open shots."
Steve Moore scored a season-high 31 points for the Sun Devils
(16-8, 5-7 Pac-10), while shooting 8-for-11 from 3-point range.
Thompson, who recorded his previous career best with 29 points
on Dec. 18 against Michigan -- and matched that total on Jan. 8
against Washington -- scored 19 of the Bruins' first 22 points
against the Sun Devils. But all that got UCLA (13-7, 7-5), was a
tie score with 8:15 left in the half.
"He had a swagger. Every athlete has a swagger when they are on
their game," Farmar said.
The Bruins' freshman point guard, who played 13 scoreless
minutes in the first half and took only two shots, got his first 11
points in a 2 1-2 minute span to give UCLA a 60-42 lead with 14:52
remaining. Farmar finally broke into the scoring column on a
3-pointer with 2:37 into the second half.
"I needed that one," Farmar said. "Coach called my number and
I knocked it down. I felt the rhythm. I was more aggressive in the
second half. I saw the look in Dijon's eyes in the first half. He
was having fun, and I just wanted to help out as much as
Thompson didn't score in the second half until his 3-pointer
gave UCLA a 66-51 lead with 10:59 to play. His dunk with 3:51 left
extended the margin to 86-66, and Arizona State got no closer than
16 points after that.
Diogu was 4-for-10 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds in
37 minutes. Last Thursday, he had a career-high 39 points in a
74-67 win over Stanford and set a career best with 16 field goals.
The 6-foot-8 senior leads the Pac-10 in scoring and rebounding,
and is trying to join A.C. Green (Oregon State) and Mark McNamara
(California) as the only players in Pac-10 history to finish a
season as the conference leader in both categories.
Diogu also is one of only two players in the nation averaging at
least 20 points and 10 rebounds, along with Niagara's Juan Mendez.
But in six career games against UCLA, he has averaged a shade under
In his previous visit to Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 15 of last
season, Diogu had 15 points before fouling out with 4:29 remaining.
UCLA won that one 66-58.
"We played good team defense against Diogu tonight and made it
hard for him to score," Bruins coach Ben Howland said.
Brian Morrison added 13 points for UCLA, which completed a sweep
of the Sun Devils after beating them 86-82 on Jan. 13 at Tempe to
end Arizona State's nine-game home winning streak.