UCLA Tops Arizona State, 91-83
Jan. 18, 2001
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. - T.J. Cummings scored 13 of his 18 points in the secondhalf, including two free throws in the final minute that shut down ArizonaState's final rally, as UCLA held on to beat the Sun Devils 91-83 Thursdaynight.
The Bruins (10-4) won their sixth straight and improved to 4-0 in the Pac-10for the first time in coach Steve Lavin's five seasons with them. The winstreak matches the Bruins' longest of last season, when the squad won six andadded two more in the NCAA tournament.
UCLA led by 79-76 with 1:42 left in the game, but never gave up theirgame-long lead.
Billy Knight made two free throws with 1:15 left, then had another at 1:02on the clock, and Matt Barnes rebounded his miss. Shawn Redhage's fifth foulput Ryan Bailey on the line for one free throw, and Cummings rebounded hismiss.
He was fouled, made both free throws with 54 seconds to play, and the Bruinsled 85-76.
UCLA played most of the second half without Earl Watson, who turned an ankle3:36 into the half after scoring 16 points in the first.
Awvee Storey scored 21 points and tied his career high with 16 rebounds forArizona State (8-8, 0-5), which lost its fifth in a row. Alton Mason had 20 andRedhage 16.
The Sun Devils closed within 48-47 when Storey stole a pass and dunked 3:00into the second half.
It was only seconds after Watson left the game. But UCLA rallied behindCummings, who made two straight baskets to start an 11-2 surge that boosted theBruins to a 59-49 lead with 13:27 to play.
The Sun Devils got as close as they would get in the half, 37-30, whenRedhage tipped in a missed free throw with 3:20 remaining.
But Watson made a free throw, and, in a decisive play, Barnes rebounded andpassed to Kapono, whose 3-pointer made it 41-30 with 3:08 left.