Cats down the Devils

Arizona extended their dominance over ASU, with a less than dominating performance. The Cats downed the Sun Devils 61-58 at Wells Fargo Arena and assured themselves at least a .500 record in conference.

ASU never let themselves get down. They continued to battle back every time the Wildcats built up a lead.

In fact, two key Wildcats mistakes let the Sun Devils have a final chance to send the game into overtime.

With :27 left and the Cats up three, Ivan Radenovic missed the front end of a one-for-one. The Devils could not convert and had to foul again.

Bret Brielmaier made his first free throw, but missed the second. ASU had the ball but the only way they were sending the game to overtime was to draw the foul. Marcus Williams got to close to Derek Glasser and the freshman point guard drew the foul. Fortunately for the Wildcats, Glasser's three hit the back iron. Glasser made his first two foul shots, but inadvertantly made his third when he was trying to miss on purpose. With less than two seconds left Chase Budinger made both free throws and the Sun Devils never got a shot off.

Williams and Budinger carried the Wildcats. The two scored 19 and 23 respectvely, combining for 42 of Arizona's 61 points.

With Jordan Hill sidelined with foul trouble, Bret Brielmaier stepped up and had one of the best games of his career. The junior power forward made all three field goal attempts, scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds in 23 minutes.

Playing in his final home game, Serge Angounou scored 14 points. Christian Polk led ASU with 18 points. The two made eight of ASU's 10 foul shots.

It was the Arizona's 24th win in 25 games against the Sun Devils.

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