No. 22 Trojans Can't Overcome Arizona State
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.
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.
USC was coming off an 80-75 victory at Arizona, its first win in Tucson since 1985.
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.