No. 24 Sun Devils Edge USC, 67-65

Feb. 15, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Amanda Levens scored 22 points, and No. 24 Arizona Staterallied past Southern California 67-65 Thursday night.

The Sun Devils (17-7, 9-3 Pac-10) trailed most of the game and took theirbiggest lead when USC coach Chris Gobrecht took two technicals for her protestsafter Tiffany Elmore was called for fouling Levens with 2:21 remaining.

Levens sank four free throws, sending the Sun Devils to a 66-59 lead.

USC fought back, but freshman Jessica Cheeks couldn't get off a shot as timeran out.

Melody Johnson had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Sun Devils, whileEbony Hoffman had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Women of Troy (9-12,4-7). USC got 10 points each from Elmore and Tashara Carter.

Arizona State's Brett Leonard hit two free throws with 4:30 left to give theSun Devils a 59-57 lead they never relinquished.

The Sun Devils made their first 18 foul shots before Levens missed one 6:00into the second half.

USC took a 36-31 halftime lead when Hoffman hit a shot in the lane and putback a missed free throw, and Carter made a buzzer-beater in the final 18seconds.

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