Men's Hoops Blows by ASU 102-94
March 5, 1998
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kris Johnson scored 33 points, J.R. Henderson had 25 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and Toby Bailey 22 points as No. 19 UCLA defeated Arizona State 102-94 Thursday night.
Coming off a one-point loss at Washington on Sunday, UCLA's three seniors made sure they didn't lose two straight Pac-10 games, something they haven't done in four years.
The Bruins (22-7, 12-5), already assured of finishing third in the Pac-10 after winning the conference the last three years, had lost four of their previous eight games.
The Sun Devils (18-12, 8-9) came into Pauley Pavilion, where they hadn't won since 1987, looking for a victory that might move them off the bubble for the NCAA tournament.
Instead, they lost their 19th straight against the Bruins.
Jeremy Veal, the Pac-10's scoring leader, had 31 points, but finished 0-8 against UCLA in his four-year career. Eddie House added 22 points.
In the first half, Ahlon Lewis eclipsed the Pac-10's single-season assist record of 273 set by California's Jason Kidd. Lewis had 12 assists, giving him 279 with one game remaining against Southern California on Saturday.
The Sun Devils scored the game's first four points - their largest lead - before Henderson began dominating inside against his smaller opponents and helped the Bruins go up by eight points.
Arizona State rallied late in the first half, forging three ties and a two-point lead, but the Bruins used a 14-4 run over the final minutes to take a 47-37 halftime lead.
Johnson came alive in the first half's closing minutes and continued his hot shooting at the start of the second. He hit two 3-pointers in the first five minutes to give UCLA its largest lead of 15 points. He finished three points short of his career high of 36.
Veal eventually cranked up his shooting, scoring six consecutive points, to cut UCLA's lead to seven points with 10:37 remaining.
His 3-pointer had Arizona State trailing 89-84 with two minutes to play. The Sun Devils lost Mike Batiste, who finished with 17 points, to his fifth foul about the same time.
Veal's basket drew his team within three points with 56 seconds remaining, but Bailey, leaned on heavily by Bobby Lazor as he went to the basket, scored and made the free throw to keep UCLA ahead for good.
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