Devils Fall to Bruins on the Road

The maroon and gold hung tough tonight at Pauley Pavilion, but the end result was the same as it has been for virtually the whole Pac-10 campaign. UCLA's first double digit lead came with just over two half minutes left in the game, but they were able to keep down the visitors from Tempe in a 69-60 defeat.

UCLA (18-4, 8-2) was scoreless for the first four minutes, but Arizona State (7-12, 1-9) managed only four points during that stretch. At the 12:44 mark the Bruins led 12-10 and never trailed again for the rest of the night. The pesky Sun Devils were behind 18-10 midway through the first half, but were able to overcome the benching of Jeff Pendergraph who collected three fouls and went down to the locker room trailing only 32-30.

The home team started the second half as expected with much vigor, and built 40-31 lead with just over five minutes into the second stanza. However, once again the visitors were able to stop the momentum and with 10:36 reaming in the contest were down just 42-38. At the 3:52 mark the Devils were still close, trailing 57-52, but that's as close as they would get in the waning moments of the game.

Bryson Krueger registered 14 of ASU's 16 bench points and paced his team in scoring. Antwi Atuahene chipped in with 12, and Serge Angounou tied a game-high with nine boards to go along with his 11 points. Kevin Kruger was limited to only eight points and was the only player on the floor to register 40 minutes of playing time. The Devils had a slight edge in rebounds 28-27, and shot a solid 45.8% from the field. Jordan Farmar was the high point man for UCLA with 18.

ASU will end their road swing in Los Angeles with a Saturday match up with USC at 4:00 PM.

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