Bruins wear down Devils

Many suspected that ASU's emotional win at USC Thursday night, may have left its six scholarship players drained for the Sun Devils' Saturday night matchup versus UCLA. While the first ten minutes of the game were anything but an indicator of that theory, the plausible script did play out as the Bruins late first half surge netted the hosts a 75-58 win over ASU.

Arizona State (5-10, 1-2 Pac-12) were led by Jonathan Gilling's career-high 17 points, who along with Ruslan Pateev's 10 points helped the visitors build a 24-14 lead with ten minutes left as the Sun Devils were shooting at a remarkable 75 percent clip in the early stages of the contest.

UCLA (9-7, 2-2) center Josh Smith was questionable for tonight's game with a concussion and unfortunately for ASU not only did he play but he also contributed 18 points off the bench. His three-point play gave the Bruins at 31-30 advantage with 2:32 left in the half as he engineered a 9-0 UCLA run to end the half with the Bruins on top 33-30.

The opening minutes of the second stanza saw ASU keeping their deficit in check and following a three-point basket by Chanse Creekmur were trailing just 41-36 with 15:26 left in the game. However, the Bruins were not going to let ASU get any closer than that and went on a torrid 28-9 run to increase their advantage to 69-43 with 5:48 left and effectively sealing the game's fate.

Trent Lockett and Creekmur each had 12 points as four of ASU's five starters scored in double digits. Carrick Felix who led his team with 22 points in Thursday's victory had just one point tonight. UCLA dominated the boards 30-20, including 13 caroms on the offensive end and forced the Sun Devils into 15 turnovers.

While the Sun Devils were able to earn an unlikely road split in Los Angeles without suspended players Keala King, Kyle Cain and Chris Colvin it is highly likely that it could find much success the rest of the season with that trio not in uniform. The status of will be determined in the next couple of days as ASU returns to action Thursday at 8:30 p.m. to host Oregon.

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