Victory! Sun Devils Top Trojans, 68-58
Feb. 18, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Jeff Pendergraph had 14 points and 15 rebounds as Arizona State beat No. 22 Southern California 68-58 Sunday night, snapping a school-record 15-game losing streak.
The Sun Devils beat a ranked opponent for the first time since March 20, 2003, when they defeated No. 19 Memphis in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Trailing 32-23 with 15:15 to play, the Sun Devils outscored USC 24-7 to take a 47-39 lead with 6 minutes to go, then hung on for the win.
Derek Glasser added 14 points for Arizona State (7-19, 1-14 Pac-10), which avoided becoming the first team to go winless in the Pac-10 since the conference expanded in 1978-79.
Gabe Pruitt scored 22 points and Lodrick Stewart added 18 for the Trojans (19-8, 9-5), who have lost two of three.
USC was coming off an 80-75 victory at Arizona, its first win in Tucson since 1985. But the Trojans struggled to adjust to ASU's smothering zone defense, shooting 36.2 percent from the floor and committing 16 turnovers.
The Pac-10 is known for its up-tempo style, but this game was played in slow motion - ASU's best speed.
The Trojans missed their first five shots and committed two turnovers before they scored a point. But Arizona State, the Pac-10's lowest-scoring team at 59.3 points per game, had only two points through that stretch.
The teams started a combined 2-for-18 before ASU's Jerren Shipp hit a 3-pointer to put the Sun Devils up 5-2 with 13:06 left in the first half.
USC looked like it would coast home when it took a 32-23 lead early in the second half, but that's when the Sun Devils began finding their range and the Trojans began misfiring.
ASU went on a 13-2 run to take a 36-34 lead. They followed that up with an 11-5 spurt capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Allen Morril and Glasser to take a 47-39 lead with 5:15 to play. USC came no closer than three points the rest of the way.