No. 3 UCLA Falls to Arizona State, 87-84, in Triple Overtime
TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 3-ranked UCLA men's basketball team lost in triple overtime, 87-84, at Arizona State in a Pac-12 contest on Saturday night.
UCLA (16-4, 8-3 Pac-12) overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half after having trailed by a 34-32 margin at halftime against Arizona State (7-13, 3-7).
The Bruins trailed by three points (87-84) with two seconds remaining. Jaime Jaquez Jr. stepped to the free throw line, and his second attempt kicked off the side of the iron. With the clocking ticking to zero, the loose ball was corralled in the corner by Peyton Watson, who attempted a last-second shot that fell short of the basket.
Jaquez Jr. finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Johnny Juzang totaled 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Arizona State's Marreon Jackson scored 24 points off the bench for the host Sun Devils. Jackson led a group of six ASU players who scored in double figures. Jalen Graham finished the game with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Both teams traded baskets throughout the first half, with UCLA securing a 28-21 cushion midway through the opening stanza. Arizona State answered with a 7-0 scoring run, tying the contest at 28-28 with 3:12 to play before halftime.
ASU led UCLA at the intermission, 34-24, and outscored the Bruins by an 8-0 margin through the opening 2:30 of the second half. Arizona State pushed its second-half cushion to 45-34 (with 16:15 to remaining) before the Bruins reduced ASU's lead.
Juzang's 3-point basket with 12:37 to play in the second half trimmed Arizona State's advantage to 47-42.
The Bruins continued to climb back from a double-digit deficit, as 3-pointer from Tyger Campbell made the scored 52-49 in ASU's favor (at the 6:48 mark).
UCLA took a 58-56 lead after consecutive baskets from Cody Riley and Juzang. Arizona State's Jalen Graham tied the game, 58-58, on a pair of free throws with 2:17 to play.
The Bruins led 60-58 and 62-60 before ASU tied the game on a pair of free throws by Jackson with 36 seconds left in regulation. Neither team was able to snap the 62-62 tie before the second half buzzer.
UCLA trailed by three points in the first five-minute overtime session, before David Singleton knocked down a corner 3-point basket to tie the game, 67-67 (at the 2:41 mark). The teams exchanged baskets before Horne missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, sending the contest to double overtime.
Both teams struggled from the field in the second overtime period, with just four total field goals made. With the game tied, 74-74, UCLA had possession with under four seconds to play and was unable to convert a jump shot by Jaquez Jr.
UCLA will return to action this week with road games at Stanford on Tuesday (Feb. 8) and at USC on Saturday (Feb. 12). Tuesday's contest at Stanford's Maples Pavilion will begin at 8 p.m. (PT). That contest will be nationally televised on ESPN2, with Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams calling the action.