It took almost everything UCLA could muster to hold on for a win in overtime against Arizona State on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.
Five UCLA players scored in double digits, with two of them earning double-doubles, as the Bruins managed to eke out a 73-72 victory.
“Every win is hard fought,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “Every win you get in the Pac-10 is a great win. Other than making some fouls – and we missed a couple of foul shots there – it’s all good.”
Lazeric Jones led the Bruins (14-7 overall, 6-3 Pacific-10 Conference) in scoring with 18 points while Malcolm Lee added 12 and Kentwood’s Josh Smith scored 10.
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Reeves Nelson finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds and Tyler Honeycutt, who was dealing with flu-like symptoms leading up to tipoff, added 12 points and 10 rebounds for UCLA.
The Bruins outlasted the Sun Devils (9-12, 1-8) in the extra session 12-11 after opening it with a 9-2 run.
It was Arizona State’s seventh consecutive conference loss.
At Arizona 82, Southern California 73: Derrick Williams scored 17 of his 20 points for the Wildcats in the second half and made all six of his shot attempts despite a heavy wrap on his shooting hand.
Lamont Jones added 17 points and Arizona (18-4, 7-2) shot 61 percent for its best start since 2004-05.
Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and Donte Smith added 14 for the Trojans (12-10, 4-5).
At California 85, Oregon 77: Markhuri Sanders-Frison and Allen Crabbe scored 18 points apiece to help the Bears win their third straight Pac-10 game and deny Oregon a rare Bay Area sweep.
Jorge Gutierrez added 17 points and Harper Kamp scored 13 for the Golden Bears (12-9, 5-4).
The Ducks (10-11, 3-6), fresh off their first win at Stanford in 25 years, were looking to pull off their first sweep in the Bay Area since February 1976.
At Stanford 70, Oregon State 56: Anthony Brown led the Cardinal with 21 points as Stanford (11-9, 4-5) blew past the Beavers (8-12, 3-6) after leading by one, 49-48, with 10:37 to play in the game.