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No. 9 UCLA Falls to No. 15 ASU in OT
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  01/17/2009

Jan. 17, 2009

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arizona State outfoxed UCLA at its own defensive game.

Using a matchup zone that forced the ninth-ranked Bruins into a 13-minute stretch over the end of regulation and start of overtime where they managed one field goal, the 16th-ranked Sun Devils came away with a 61-58 victory Saturday.

James Harden scored 24 points and Jeff Pendergraph added 18 to help Arizona State rally from an 11-point second-half deficit and snap UCLA's 10-game winning streak.

"Coach was in our head saying if we were going to win, it was going to be on the defensive end," Harden said. "Guys just locked in and came up with some big stops."

The biggest one came on UCLA's final possession of the game, when the Bruins failed to get a shot off.

They desperately passed the ball among Darren Collison, Michael Roll and Josh Shipp for a 3-point attempt that never happened before the final buzzer.

"I told Darren that we wanted to go all the way to the basket," Bruins coach Ben Howland said. "We didn't need to go for a 3-pointer, but we brought it up too slowly. Not getting a shot off, that's really bad."

Collison blamed mental mistakes and said, "I'll take full responsibility for that."

The Sun Devils (15-3, 4-2 Pac-10) split on their trip to Los Angeles, having lost 61-49 at Southern California on Thursday night, when Harden was held to a season-low four points on 0-for-8 shooting.

"We wanted to come back, recover and play our butts off," Harden said.

Shipp scored 16 points and Collison added 14 for the Bruins (14-3, 4-1), who had their 15-game home winning streak end. They had beaten the Sun Devils eight straight games.

"It hurts to lose this one," Shipp said.

Arizona State coach Herb Sendek earned his first win over UCLA in five tries. The Sun Devils beat a top 10 team on the road for the first time since Jan. 31, 1998, against Stanford.

"We have so much respect for UCLA's defense. Instead of two points, you feel like you should get seven because they're so good on defense," Sendek said. "Our guys won it by playing good defense. It wasn't that we outscored them. It's a game that could have gone either way. We were lucky, we know that."

Both teams were mistake-prone in the overtime that began tied at 54.

Pendergraph dunked, then Collison made two free throws for another tie. Freshman Jrue Holiday fouled Harden, who missed the first and made the second for a 57-56 lead. Alfred Aboya hit a jumper from the right side that put the Bruins back in front 58-57 with 54 seconds to play.

But Harden made a layup and Aboya fouled Derek Glasser, who made both for a 61-58 lead.

In regulation, the Sun Devils closed to 47-43 on five free throws to go along with a basket by Harden.

Then Collison hit a jumper, Shipp made a 3-pointer - his only field goal of the second half - and Roll scored for the Bruins' first double-digit lead, 54-43.

Harden and Pendergraph weren't done yet. They combined to run off nine straight points and get the Sun Devils within two with 3:33 remaining. In that stretch, Collison and Shipp missed shots and Roll airballed a 3-pointer.

Both teams struggled to score from there on. Harden missed a layup and picked up his fourth foul at UCLA's end. Collison was particularly cold, missing a 3-pointer and a short jumper.

"Their zone is very tough and it's hard to score, but it's partly our fault," Shipp said. "We didn't execute. We just missed shots."

The Bruins employed a man-to-man defense during the game, and got away from driving to the basket in the second half.

"They do a very good job of pressing in that zone," Howland said. "The biggest thing they did was keep it out of the paint."

Shipp fouled Harden with 22 seconds left, and the Pac-10's leading scorer made both to tie the game at 54. Collison dribbled between his legs, bobbed and weaved, then put up a jumper that clanked off the rim to force overtime.

"I had some good looks at it," he said. "We got to attack the zone better and it starts with me."

Shipp picked scored 10 of UCLA's final 14 points to leave them trailing 27-25 at halftime. He briefly guarded his younger brother, Jerren, who ended up scoring on his big brother.

Kevin Love and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who starred on last season's Final Four team and were in town with their respective NBA clubs, attended the game, as did Miami Heat president Pat Riley.


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