First half run dooms ASU on the road

UCLA struggled out of the gates in their home contest against ASU, but when the hosts outscored the Sun Devils 30-8 in the last 9:31 minutes of the first half the game's fate was sealed rather early. Five Bruins scored in double figures tonight at Pauley Pavilion as UCLA routed Arizona State 71-53.

Arizona State (10-17, 2-13 Pac-10) stunned UCLA (20-8, 11-4) in the first ten minutes of the game jumping to a 21-9 lead. The Sun Devils were scoring at ease on layups and dunks, while forcing UCLA despite their noticeable size advantage to settle for perimeter shots.

Nonetheless, the game's events quickly caught up with ASU. Ty Abbott picked up his third foul with just over 11 minutes left in the period and had to sit out the rest of the half. The Bruins tightened up their interior defense blocking seven shots in the first half, committed just two turnovers while scoring 10 points off of ASU's miscues.

All these factors fueled the aforementioned run and resulted in a 39-29 halftime UCLA lead.

The second half saw the Bruins crush any attempt of an ASU comeback. The visitors scored just 24 points and with 11:26 left in the game were already trailing 60-40 en route to another league loss for the maroon and gold.

Chanse Creekmur in his second consecutive start led ASU with 9 points on 3-4 shooting beyond the arc. Keala King (8 points) and Ruslan Pateev (7 points and a team-high five rebounds) both had solid contributions off the bench. The Sun Devils were 7-15 from three-point range but committed 16 turnovers and allowed UCLA to convert at a 52 percent clip from the field. Malcolm Lee paced all players with 16 points.

Up next for ASU is a 5:30 pm meeting with USC on Saturday. The Trojans will be coming off an upset 65-57 win over Arizona.

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