Sun Devils Sweep Bruins For First Time in 23 Years
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. - Ike Diogu had 12 of his 26 points in the final 7:27 asArizona State beat UCLA 85-69 Saturday to sweep the Bruins for the first timein 23 years.
Curtis Millage scored 22 points. Tommy Smith had 16 points, eight reboundsand three blocks, and Kyle Dodd contributed 14 points, eight assists and fiverebounds off the bench.
The Sun Devils (17-7, 9-4 Pac-10) beat the Bruins 75-64 on Jan. 16 in LosAngeles. Their last sweep in the rivalry was in 1979-80.
The loss was another setback for coach Steve Lavin, who has coached UCLA tothe round of 16 five times in the last six years but now faces the prospect ofnot even getting a Pac-10 tournament bid. The Bruins (5-16, 2-10) lost their10th straight in conference play.
Jason Kapono was UCLA's only double-figure scorer with 21.
No more than six points separated the teams in the first half, which saw sixties and seven lead changes.
Kapono, who had taken only two shots until then, sent UCLA to a 29-28 leadwith a 3-pointer with 4:02 left in the half and made a fallaway jumper 35seconds later.
Dodd's free throws with 37 seconds to go got Arizona State within one, butRyan Walcott hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift the Bruins to a 39-35 lead.
It was even tighter in the second half after Donnell Knight got the SunDevils within 39-38 with a three-point play 29 seconds in.
The lead changed hands five more times in 1:22, starting with a 3-pointer byMillage and ending on two foul shots by Diogu that put Arizona State ahead52-51 with 12:28 left.
Then the Sun Devils got the stops they needed - Kapono negated his ownbasket by pushing off on Shawn Redhage, and Diogu scored on a goal-tend by RayYoung.
On UCLA's next possession, Young threw the ball out of bounds trying toreach Kapono, and Arizona State resoundingly claimed the momentum with Smith'sdunk off an alley-oop pass by Dodd.
Smith was fouled and missed the free throw, but Redhage rebounded, andMillage made two 3-pointers in 32 seconds, opening a 62-51 lead with 11:02remaining.
In the next 2:21, Smith scored twice after tearing rebounds away from UCLAplayers and Dodd sank a 3-pointer to maintain the 11-point lead.
T.J. Cummings scored underneath to cut the cut the Bruins' deficit to 69-62with 7:48 to go, but Diogu had two three-points plays, a follow, two freethrows and a dunk - the last making it 81-66 with 1:31 left.