Arizona State 76

(16-8, 5-7 Pac-12)


(13-7, 7-5 Pac-12)

    10:30 PM ET, February 10, 2005

    Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California

    1 2 T
    ASU 32 4476
    UCLA 46 4995

    Top Performers

    Arizona St: S. Moore 31 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast

    UCLA: D. Thompson 39 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    UCLA 95, Arizona State 76

    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 possible."

    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 20 points.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 76 95
    FG Made-Attempted 24-58 (.414) 32-53 (.604)
    3P Made-Attempted 13-26 (.500) 13-21 (.619)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-20 (.750) 18-24 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 20

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