Golden Bears Fall to Sun Devils in Defensive Struggle
March 3, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Derek Glasser hit a three-pointer with 13.8 seconds left to give Arizona State its first road win of the season, 42-41, over California at Haas Pavilion Saturday. Jerren Shipp was the only player in double figures with 11 points for the Sun Devils (8-21, 2-16), who had lost 17 of their last 18 games. The point total was the lowest for Arizona State since Nov. 27, 1991, in a 69-37 loss to Minnesota.
'They kept fighting,' said Cal senior Ayinde Ubaka of Arizona State. 'They played a tough zone and took away our strengths.'
The game was as offensively challenged as the score indicated: Glasser's three accounted for the only points in the final 6:51. Arizona State also had no free throws, missing all three attempts at the line.
California worked for a last shot, but Theo Robertson's three-pointer went off the rim -- the 17th three-pointer the Bears missed during the game. They were 14 of 43 overall from the field, the lowest field goal total all season, and the 41 points was the lowest since a 59-37 loss to Washington State on Jan. 14, 1988.
The young Sun Devils, who started three freshmen and a sophomore, started slowly, missing their first five shots and turning the ball over three times in their first eight trips down the floor. But despite falling behind 6-0 on a pair of Wilkes' three-pointers, Arizona State's zone forced Cal to settle for long jumpers, and the Bears missed their next seven shots. The drought allowed the Sun Devils tie the score at seven with 12:04 left in the first half and, thanks to a 10-0 run, they eventually built a 19-14 lead. Wilkes sparked a 9-0 Cal counterattack with five points, and the Bears went into the locker room with a 25-21 halftime lead.
Neither team could take charge in the second half, though Cal led by five at one point. Arizona State's zone frustrated the Bears, who took a 41-39 lead with 6:51 left on Eric Vierneisel's three-pointer, but did not score again.
Arizona State did no better, going 7:04 without a score before a long rebound bounced to a wide open Glasser at the top of the key with 13.8 seconds left -- and he hit his first three-pointer of the game to give the Sun Devils the win.
California lost for the 10th time in its last 12 games, and the Bears will go into their first-round Pac-10 tournament matchup against Oregon State Wednesday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles knowing they need to win three games to have a chance to advance to the NIT.
The win was only the second for Arizona State in its last 19 games, as the Sun Devils have struggled in Herb Sendek's first year in charge. Arizona State will meet Washington Wednesday in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament.