No. 16 ASU Rallies to Upset No. 9 UCLA in OT
Jan. 17, 2009
LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Harden scored 24 points, Jeff Pendergraph added 18 and No. 16 Arizona State rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat No. 9 UCLA 61-58 in overtime Saturday, snapping the Bruins' 10-game winning streak.
The Sun Devils (15-3, 4-2 Pac-10) split on their trip to Los Angeles, having lost 61-49 at Southern California on Thursday night, when Harden was held to a season-low four points on 0-for-8 shooting.
Josh Shipp scored 16 points and Darren Collison added 14 for the Bruins (14-3, 4-1), who had their 15-game home winning streak end. They had beaten the Sun Devils eight straight games.
Arizona State coach Herb Sendek earned his first win over UCLA in five tries.
Both teams were mistake-prone in the overtime that began with a 54-all tie.
Pendergraph dunked, then Collison made two free throws for another tie. Freshman Jrue Holiday fouled Harden, who missed the first and made the second for a 57-56 lead. Alfred Aboya hit a jumper from the right side that put the Bruins back in front 58-57 with 54 seconds to play.
But Harden made a layup and Aboya fouled Derek Glasser, who made both for a 61-58 lead.
The Bruins never got off a final shot, desperately passing the ball among Collison, Michael Roll and Josh Shipp for a 3-point attempt that didn't happen before the final buzzer.
In regulation, the Sun Devils closed to 47-43 on five free throws to go with a basket by Harden.
Then Collison hit a jumper, Shipp made a 3-pointer - his only field goal of the second half - and Roll scored for the Bruins' first double-digit lead, 54-43.
Harden and Pendergraph weren't done yet. They combined to run off nine straight points and get the Sun Devils within two with 3:33 remaining. In that stretch, Collison and Shipp missed shots and Roll airballed a 3-pointer.
Both teams struggled to score from there on. Harden missed a layup and picked up his fourth foul at UCLA's end. Collison was particularly cold, missing a 3-pointer and a short jumper.
Shipp fouled Harden with 22 seconds left, and the Pac-10's leading scorer made both to tie the game at 54. Collison dribbled between his legs, bobbed and weaved, then put up a jumper that clanked off the rim to force overtime.
Shipp picked scored 10 of UCLA's final 14 points to leave them trailing 27-25 at halftime. He briefly guarded his younger brother, Jerren, who ended up scoring on his big brother.
Kevin Love and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who starred on last season's Final Four team and were in town with their respective NBA clubs, attended the game, as did Miami Heat president Pat Riley.