Devils Edge Bears in Double OT Thriller

The scenario was familiar, but luckily for the Sun Devils the ending this time around was a happy one. The maroon and gold held onto a precious one-point lead, and unlike previous games this season was able to secure the narrowest of wins. Bryson Krueger, who scored 17 points in the second half and the two extra periods, nailed a three-point jumper with ten seconds left as ASU shocked conference leader Cal on the road 65-64.

Arizona State (10-14, 4-11) trailed the entire first half, and Cal (16-7, 10-4) jumped to a double-digit lead, 22-10, at the 9:38 mark of the first stanza. However, the maroon and gold's resiliency started to appear at this point as they held the home team to five points the rest of the period, while scoring 11 of their own. In fact, the Bears didn't score a field for nine and half minutes, as they held a 27-21 lead at halftime.

The Sun Devils continued to chip away at the deficit, and at the 14:32 mark of the second half were down only 31-30. They continued to stand toe-to-toe with their hosts, and eventually took the reins and had a 40-39 edge with 8:22 left in regulation. With the score 47-46 in favor of Cal and 2:48 remaining, Antwi Atuahene had back-to-back baskets that put his team ahead 50-47 with less than a minute and a half left in regulation. Furthermore, a foul by Leon Powe put ASU's Craig Austin on the line with an opportunity to increase the margin. However, Austin converted one of two, and following the rebound of the second shot, Jeff Pendergraph was fouled and misfired on the front end of the one-and one situation. That's all Cal needed to get back into the game. A layup by Ayinde Ubaka with 23 second left in regulation knotted the score at 51-51 and sent the game into its first extra period.

The field goal drought plagued the Bears once again, and in the first overtime they failed to convert any shot attempts. Nevertheless, Powe made good on six consecutive free throws. Krueger came close to sealing the game's fate in the first overtime, and his basket gave ASU a 58-57 lead with 1:20 left. The Devils held the Bears scoreless all the way until two seconds were left in the period, as they were forced to foul Theo Robertson in the paint. Fortunately for the visitors, Robertson made good on only one attempt from the charity stripe and with both squads tied at 58 apiece the game was headed into a second overtime.

For nearly half of the last extra period the Bears continued their field goal deficiency, but ASU didn't take advantage and was trailing 64-60 with a 1:55 left in the game. However, lady luck smiled on the Sun Devils the rest of the way. Powe missed his only two free throws on the night, which was preceded by a missed dunk by DeVon Hardin. Kevin Kruger's reverse layup and Krueger's heroics ensured ASU a third Pac-10 road win this year and a split in the Northern California road trip.

Krueger had another strong performance off the bench and led the Sun Devils with 19 points. Kruger chipped in with 16, and it was another double-double night for Pendergraph with 15 points and 11 boards. Thanks to the freshman and Serge Angounou's eight rebounds the Devils had a 36-29 advantage on the glass, including 13 offensive boards. ASU had only 12 turnovers and limited Cal to 38.5% shooting. Powe led all players in the floor with 23 points.

ASU will now prepare for their last Pac-10 road game, which will take place in Tucson against Arizona this coming Saturday at 2PM.

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