No. 10 Wildcats Fall Short At Arizona State, 88-72

Jan 24, 2002

AP Sports Writer

TEMPE, Ariz. - Chad Prewitt scored 22 points and Curtis Millage added19 as Arizona State ended a five-year drought against Arizona on Wednesdaynight with an 88-72 victory over the 10th-ranked Wildcats.

The Sun Devils (11-7, 4-5 Pac-10), who shot 54 percent, beat a nationallyranked opponent for the first time in 24 tries in coach Rob Evans' fourseasons. They were 0-10 against Arizona - 0-6 under Evans - since sweeping theWildcats in 1995.

Arizona (13-5, 6-3) had rallied from 21 points down to beat Oregon State and20 down to beat UCLA, but those comebacks were in Tucson. The Wildcats couldn'tpull it off in the hostile atmosphere of Wells Fargo Arena, which was filled tonear-capacity.

Arizona State led by 17 points in the first half and 20 in the second. TheWildcats never got closer than 11 after that.

Luke Walton scored 26 points and Jason Gardner had 16 for Arizona, which hadwon a season-best five straight.

Tommy Smith added 16 points for Arizona State and Jason Braxton had 10.

The Wildcats were just 2-for-16 from 3-point range and missed nine freethrows.

The Sun Devils never were in serious trouble after a 20-3 run gave them a40-23 lead on Millage's 3-pointer with 2:26 left in the half. They led 46-31 athalftime.

Prewitt ignited the outburst with consecutive 3-pointers after Arizona hadused a 7-0 spurt to tie it at 20.

It was the same 15-point margin that UCLA had at halftime Saturday againstArizona before losing 96-86.

As the Bruins had done, the Sun Devils boosted the lead to 20, going up61-41 on Millage's 3-pointer with 14:36 remaining.

Arizona cut the lead to 77-65 on Gardner's drive with 4:31 to play. Braxtonmissed two free throws, but Prewitt rebounded the second and was fouled. Hemade both free throws to boost the lead to 79-65 with 3:50 remaining.

Will Bynum's driving layup cut it to 79-68 with 2:46 to go, but Kyle Dodd'stwo free throws with 2:19 left made it 81-68, then Smith sealed it with anuncontested stuff 1:57 from the finish.

The victory-starved students rushed the court when the final buzzer sounded.

The Sun Devils shot 54 percent in the first half, compared with Arizona's 41percent. The Wildcats were 10-for-16 from the foul line in the first half withWalton going 1-for-5.

In all, the Sun Devils had lost 26 straight to ranked teams.

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