Bruins Blast Devils

A win on the road against UCLA was probably wishful thinking for ASU. That being said, no one probably expected the Sun Devils to come out as flat as they did in Los Angeles tonight. The maroon and gold fell 84-51 to the Bruins losing their fourth Pac-10 game in a row, after starting 4-0 in league play.

Arizona State (14-6, 4-4 Pac-10) actually scored the first two points of the game, a basket by Jamelle McMillan, and that signified their only lead of the contest. UCLA (19-2, 7-1) went on an 18-2 run which was a grim prelude for things to come. James harden scored his first points on a three-point shot midway through the fist half, but only scored added six points the rest of the way and seem to be still feeling the effects of his groin injury.

A shot beyond the arc by Derek Glasser brought the deficit down to ten points, 30-20, with 5:13 left in the half. That as close as the visitors would get all night in erasing the deficit. UCLA went on another monster run, 16-4, to hold a commanding 46-24 halftime lead and probably end right then any aspirations the Sun Devils had to keep this game within r.

ASU didn't necessarily have a bad start on offense in the second stanza, but were still unable to stop UCLA on the other end of the court. Josh Shipp's three pointer made it 66-35 at the 12:32 mark. The hosts continued to cruise to victory, and the Devils didn't help to make the score respectable as they scored just five points in the last 5:24 minutes of the game.

Derek Glasser was the only ASU player in double digit scoring with 13. Harden finished with nine points. Antwi Atuahene paced ASU with five rebounds. Josh Shipp led all scorers with 21 points, and teammate Kevin Love had 20 points (9-11 shooting) and a game-high 10 rebounds. Darren Collison was 5-5 from the field and scored 14 points, to along with his game-high and season-high nine assists. Russell Westbrook chipped in with 10 points.

The Bruins were 8-for-12 from three-point territory, which obviously help negate ASU's zone defense. The Devils had 16 turnovers in the game and shot just 38.8% to the Bruins' 58.5%. UCLA out rebounded the visitors 36-20.

As the Sun Devils lick their wounds from the worst loss since the season opening defeat to Illinois, they will have to prepare for a USC team looking to salvage this weekend of play after falling to Arizona 80-69 on Thursday night. To say that it's imperative that ASU leave Los Angeles with a split is a gross understatement. A loss to the Trojans, with a game at Arizona looming a week later, could deal this team a blow it may not be able to recover from.

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