Arizona State Falls To UCLA

Feb. 10, 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dijon Thompson scored 27 of his career-high 39 points inthe first half, and Jordan Farmar got all 18 of his points in the second half,powering UCLA to a 95-76 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night.

Brian Morrison added 13 points for the Bruins (13-7, 7-5 Pac-10), whocompleted a sweep of the Sun Devils after beating them 86-82 on Jan. 13 atTempe to end Arizona State's nine-game home winning streak.

Steve Moore scored a season-high 31 points for the Sun Devils (16-8, 5-7),connecting on eight 3-point shots. Ike Diogu, who has scored in double digitsin all 82 of his collegiate games, finished with 20 after averaging 37 pointsin his previous two against Stanford and California.

Farmar, who played 13 scoreless minutes in the first half and took only twoshots, got his first 11 points in a 2{-minute span to give UCLA a 60-42 leadwith 14:52 remaining. The freshman point guard finally broke into the scoringcolumn on a 3-pointer with 2:37 into the second half.

The Bruins, coming off an 82-70 loss at Washington on Saturday in which theyallowed 22 offensive rebounds by the Huskies and committed 23 turnovers, scoredthe final eight points of the first half to take a 46-32 lead.

Thompson, who entered the game shooting 48.9 percent from the field, was10-for-12 before intermission. He didn't score again until his 3-pointer gaveUCLA a 66-51 lead with 10:59 to play. Thompson's dunk with 3:51 left extendedthe margin to 86-66, and Arizona State got no closer than 16 points after that.

Thompson, who recorded his previous career best with 29 points on Dec. 18against Michigan - and matched that total on Jan. 8 against Washington - scored19 of the Bruins' first 22 points against the Sun Devils. But all that got UCLAwas a tie score with 8:15 left in the half.

Neither team led by more than four until Morrison and Thompson madeconsecutive 3-pointers to cap an 18-9 run and give UCLA a 33-25 advantage with4:41 left before intermission.

Moore drained three shots from 3-point range during that stretch for the SunDevils, who made only five field goals in the final 15 minutes of the half andended it 10-for-27 compared to UCLA's 54.5 percent.

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