Arizona State (13-4, 2-2 Pac-12) thanks to two three pointers by Jermaine Marshall opened up a 12-6 lead in the first four and half minutes, yet the Sun Devils failed to score another field goal until the 9:05 mark. At that time UCLA (13-3, 2-1) already had a 27-18 edge which grew as much as 20 points in that period. The hosts went down to the locker room with a commanding 50-33 lead.
In the second half UCLA’s lead increased to 23 points, 68-45, with 11:44 left in the game. A 21-7 run by ASU brought down the deficit to single digits, 75-66, six minutes later. This was however the closest the visitors would come to an upset, as UCLA made 8 of their 9 free throws in the waning moments en route to victory.
Marshal led all players with 25 points and shot 5-8 from three-point range. Jordan Bachynski chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Gilling added 1 points0. Jahii Carson struggled posting 9 points on 4-17 shooting and had four turnovers. Zach LaVine led UCLA with 19 points.
The road doesn’t get any easier for ASU as they travel to Tucson to meet top ranked University of Arizona. Tip is Thursday at 7 pm MT.