Sun Devils Shocked At Buzzer
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - T.J. Parker scored 12 points and the winning basket astime expired and Vedran Vukusic scored a career-high 26 points as Northwesternbeat Arizona State 63-61 Wednesday.
Jitim Young forced a jump ball that went Northwestern's way and with 4.6seconds remaining Parker dribbled up the length of the court and hit a 14-footjumper, to give Northwestern the win.
Young had 12 points and nine rebounds for Northwestern. Parker had eightassists.
Northwestern (5-3) led by as many as 13 early in the second half, butArizona State was able to cut into the Wildcats' lead.
Arizona State outscored Northwestern 8-0 during a five-minute span midwaythrough the second half. Ike Diogu had a putback for Arizona State to getwithin 38-42 with 11:20 left.
Justin Allen hit a 3-pointer for Arizona State to tie it at 49 with 6:09left and Steve Moore hit a 3 to give Arizona State a 60-59 lead with 1:25 left,their first lead of the second half.
Vukusic came back down and hit two free throws for the Wildcats to give thema 61-60 lead. Allen Morill missed his first free throw for Arizona State, buthit the second to tie the game at 61 with 45.9 left.
Diogu finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds for Arizona State. He was theonly Sun Devil in double figures. Moore finished with nine points.
Arizona State was just 5-for-22 from 3-point range in the game.
Northwestern went on a 9-0 run in the first half, hitting three 3-pointersin a row. Evan Seacat, Vukusic and Young each had a 3-pointer. Young's putNorthwestern up 21-13 with 8:44 left in the first half.
Northwestern led 34-27 at half. Vukusic led the Wildcats with 10 first-halfpoints. Diogu had 10 for Arizona State. Northwestern was 7-for-10 from 3-pointrange in the first half, while Arizona State (5-3) was 1-for-10.
The Wildcats extended their lead in the second half, scoring the first sixpoints of the half. Vukusic had the first four points. He then made a nice passto Parker on a backdoor play to make it 40-27, Northwestern's largest lead ofthe game.
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