Devils Earn Rare Road Sweep of Bay Area Schools

Their nickname is the Sun Devils, but following this weekend they could just as easily be called Streak Busters. ASU's 79-70 win over Cal reversed yet another long and negative trend – the maroon and gold have swept the northern California schools on the road for the first time since 1985.

Steve Moore scored six of his team's first ten points as ASU (13-2, 2-1) jumped to a 10-2 lead at the 16:08 mark of the first half. However, California (8-6, 1-3) answered with a 10-1 run to grab the lead for the first time at 12-11 with 13:47 remaining in the first half. Back to back three pointers by Moore and an Ike Diogu lay-up gave the visitors their biggest margin of the first half 32-24 at the 5:02 mark. Nevertheless, the maroon and gold suffer another Bears' run, this time to the tune of 9-0, which gave Cal a 33-32 lead at the half.

Eight points by Diogu to open the second stanza gave ASU a 42-41 lead with 15:53 left in the game. Cal's Rob Benson lead a 9-2 run by his team to give the Bears their biggest lead of the night 50-44 at the 14:07 mark. A couple minutes later Tyrone Jackson's lay-up put his team ahead for good 51-50. The Devils lead by as much as ten points down the stretch, and the Golden Bears were only able to get as close as four points. Diogu played for many minutes with three and four personal fouls, but still managed to block a few shots and head an effective ASU defensive charge.

Once again, Diogu paced all players with 25 points – the six straight game he has achieved the feat of pouring in 20 or more points. The junior also tied a team-high tonight with seven rebounds. Moore had 18 points and was 4-4 from the line. Kevin Kruger was the only other Sun Devil in double figures with 11 points off the bench. ASU shot 49.2% from the field, and was slightly edged on the boards 31-28. Their 12 turnovers was one of the better displays in a season, which has been marred with struggles taking care of the basketball. Benson lead all Cal scorers with 15.

Starting conference play with three straight road games can easily doom the rest of a season. Rob Evans' squad met that challenge head on, losing only one of the three, and slowly but surely turning doubters into believers. ASU comes home for the first time in Pac-10 play to host UCLA on Thursday, and that represents another chance to validate the feel good sentiments the maroon and gold have been generating on the hardwood.

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