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UCLA Loses on the Road at Arizona State, 78-60

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Jordan Adams scored a team-leading 19 points andShabazz Muhammad finished with 18 as UCLA dropped a 78-60 decision at Arizona State on Saturday afternoon.

UCLA (16-5, 6-2 Pac-12) could not overcome a 39-33 halftime deficit and was limited to 34.7 percent shooting from the field, the Bruins' lowest output of the season.

Arizona State (16-4, 5-2) received a game-high 23 points and 11 rebounds from Carrick Felix, while Jordan Bachynski tallied 22 points and 15 rebounds as a dominant inside presence for the host Sun Devils.

ASU's Jahii Carson and Evan Gordon each scored 12 points. The Sun Devils outrebounded the Bruins by a 52-32 margin and blocked 10 shots.

UCLA guard Larry Drew II rounded out the Bruins' list of double-digit scorers, contributing 12 points while adding four assists.

The Bruins never led by more than four points in the first three minutes of the game, before Arizona State took a 7-6 cushion and led the rest of the contest. UCLA was able to reduced ASU's double-digit second half cushion to just nine points with 2:18 to play, but four free throws from Carson in the game's final 2:30 help Arizona State preserve a substantial advantage.

UCLA lost for just the second time in its last 13 contests.

The Bruins return to action against crosstown rival USC on Wednesday evening. Game time in Pauley Pavilion is slated for 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.

Spread thinly, Bruins lose to Sun Devils 78-60

 January 26, 2013 6:36 pmMore stories in Men's BasketballSports


TEMPE, Ariz. — Before Saturday’s game, a UCLA coach warned the Bruins that the matchup with the unranked Arizona State Sun Devils should be treated as a trap game.
After a thrilling yet exhausting win over a top-10 Arizona team on Thursday, UCLA traveled to Wells Fargo Arena missing a player from its already thin roster. From tip off, things fell flat for the Bruins.
“There was no motivation going into this game,” freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad said of the 78-60 loss. “We knew it was a trap game and we had to go out and play hard because we got a great win over Arizona, and then we came out here and didn’t play as hard.”
Coach Ben Howland offered a simpler explanation.
“As good as we were Thursday, we weren’t that good today,” he said.
Redshirt junior forward Travis Wear, UCLA’s third leading scorer, was held out because of a concussion. It didn’t take long for the Sun Devils (16-4, 5-2 Pac-12) to expose the hole left by Wear’s absence.
Junior center Jordan Bachynski logged career highs in points (22) and rebounds (15). He also blocked six shots.
“I hadn’t even heard of the guy, but he was huge,” said Muhammad, who finished with 18 points. “We had no chance for him inside.”
Wear’s replacement – his twin brother, redshirt junior forward David – struggled to keep up with Bachynski and couldn’t find a spark on offense. He finished with just five points on 2-of-12 shooting.
“I thought we were a little slow on our reactions,” Wear said. “It seemed like we were a step slow all night on defense. It was tough. They’re a big team. They’re a physical team. It caught up with us a little bit.”
Freshman center Tony Parker didn’t help take much of the load off of David Wear. Parker was held scoreless on the night and only pulled down one rebound in 13 minutes of action.
With just seven scholarship players available, fatigue quickly became an issue as all of the Bruins’ starters played for more than 30 minutes.
“We’re tired,” said freshman Jordan Adams. “It’s tough playing in the desert.”
UCLA (16-5, 6-2) would prefer to score by running on fast breaks, but Arizona State wouldn’t allow it. The Sun Devils smothered any chance of a fast break, out-rebounding the Bruins by 20 and forcing them into an ineffective half-court offense.
UCLA also had its worst shooting night of the season, connecting on just 34 percent of its shot attempts.
“We just didn’t execute,” Howland said. “Our offense was really poor.”
The Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday to host the USC Trojans (8-13, 3-5).

Court Visions: Shooting for speed over strength

 January 26, 2013 9:41 pmMore stories in Men's BasketballSports

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TEMPE, Ariz. — It doesn’t matter that the Bruins, despite having three forwards on the roster, are not a very tall team, or one that uses its height in an effective way. What’s more important is how they handle the bigs of the opposition.
We saw a team that matched up well with UCLA last week when Oregon visited Pauley Pavilion. Arizona, at least on paper, looked like it did as well, but Thursday’s game showed that the eye test has little predictive value.
It didn’t take much for Arizona State to exploit UCLA’s Achilles heel during Saturday’s 78-60 blowout, but the blueprint for beating this team that Oregon beat one week ago was on display.
When the Bruins started embracing their running game, two basic tenets of recent UCLA teams were abandoned: elite defense, particularly near the basket; and a calculated offense that could slowly pick apart whatever an opposing team threw at it.
The Bruins could have used some of both on Saturday.
Jordan Bachynski, as imposing a figure as the Pac-12 has, scored 22 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked six shots.
“I hadn’t even heard of the guy and he was huge,” Shabazz Muhammad said.
Whether Muhammad meant “huge” literally or figuratively was unclear, and irrelevant anyways.
The Bruins didn’t have a full stable with Travis Wear sidelined, and, down to seven scholarship players, never established its up-tempo offense.
When possessions drag out through the shot clock, the Bruins thrive on their mid-range shooting. It’s a type of shot many teams have abandoned, either going for the easier two-pointers by the basket or the more rewarding threes.
The catalysts for UCLA’s mid-range game are the Wear twins, 6-foot-10-inch forwards who play like shooting guards the way they jump-start the Bruins’ jump-shooting.
UCLA was down a Wear on Saturday and David did little to make up for his brother’s absence. During a second half in which he shot 0-for-6, “Not Travis” air-balled one shot, missed badly off the backboard on another and sent a wide-open layup straight into the front of the rim.
Whether shots were getting blocked or not, they weren’t going in for the Bruins. They shot 41 percent from the field during the first half shooting an especially chilly 29 percent after halftime.
Arizona State’s shot chart looked different. Bachynski didn’t take a shot that wasn’t a layup or dunk attempt. Other Sun Devils like Carrick Felix didn’t take a single mid-range shot, doing his damage with layups, dunks and threes and nothing in between (apart from free-throws, which ASU did better on Saturday by getting to the line 19 times to UCLA’s six).
Bachynski and Felix combined to make 18 of 24 shots, all that the Sun Devils needed on a day when leading scoring Jahii Carson shot 4-for-16.
The best candidate for bodying up the 7-foot-2-inch Bachynski would have been 6-foot-11-inch freshman center Tony Parker, but he picked up two fouls in his first three minutes and defended like a matador for fear of picking up another.
This isn’t to say that any team with a big inside presence will beat UCLA, or we would have seen Arizona do just that on Thursday night. But the Wildcats didn’t. UCLA consistently ran faster than Arizona’s bigs could and pushed them away from the basket.
That’s UCLA’s formula for winning. On Saturday, the key to beating the Bruins was on display. The rest of the conference (like USC, with two 7-footers) are taking notes.
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UCLA can't deal with big ASU men, lose 78-60

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UCLA can't get the job done in the desert, drops ASU game big time 78-60. I guess we'll just have to take it out on SC this Wednesday.

ARIZONA STATE 78, UCLA 60: Bruins' week ends with thud

With forward Travis Wear out, Bruins are dominated inside by Sun Devils.

By Al Bravo The Associated Press
via the LA Daily News
Updated:   01/26/2013 11:54:22 PM PST

ASU's Jordan Bachynski, who had 22 points and 15 rebounds against... (Mark Beblias USA TODAY Sports)
TEMPE, Ariz. - For UCLA, the past week was good and bad.

Arizona State rode the inside play of Jordan Bachynski and Carrick Felix to defeat UCLA 78-60 on Saturday and complete a sweep of the Los Angeles schools this week.

The Bruins followed an 84-73 upset of No. 6 Arizona on Thursday with their worst shooting game of the season against the Sun Devils.

"Give them credit, they did everything that they had to do, including beating us on the boards by 20, and a lot of that was we took a number of bad shots that led to blocked shots or easy rebounds for them," UCLA coach Ben Howland said. "As good as we were Thursday, we weren't that good today."

The Bruins (16-5, 6-2) were without big man Travis Wear, who averages 12.2 points per game and had 15 points and eight rebounds Thursday before sitting out with a concussion Saturday.

Bachynski had 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Felix added 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Sun Devils (16-4, 5-2 Pac-12) dominated the Bruins inside the lane. Arizona State outscored UCLA 46-26 in the paint and outrebounded the Bruins 52-33.

"Coach told us we had two keys in order to win: One was rebounding and the other was win 50-50 balls. I took that to heart," said Bachynski, who also had six blocked shots. "I kind of struggled on the boards this year and I knew that's where I had to step it up. I just took it personally. I went after every board I could."

Jordan Adams scored 19 points and Shabazz Muhammad had 18 for UCLA. The Bruins, who were the best-shooting team in the conference going into the game, shot just 35 percent from the field against the Devils, including 11 of 38 in the second half.

UCLA started the game missing eight of its first 10 shots, and the Sun Devils continued to find Bachynski under the basket in taking a 39-33 lead at the half. Bachynski had 14 points and nine rebounds at the break as Arizona State outscored UCLA 28-12 in the lane.

The Bruins had swept the past four games against Arizona State over the past two seasons.

"We were really outplayed today," Howland said. "They did all the tough things. They were good at both ends of the floor."

Arizona State, which has won eight of its past 10 games, was coming off a 98-93 overtime win over USC on Thursday.

Sun Devils coach Herb Sendek said he liked what he saw of Bachynski's aggressive play.

"He played with a level of aggressiveness, not just in terms of his rebounding and shot blocks. ... He just had a good aggressive coat of armor on all day and that allowed him to play at a particularly good level for us," Sendek said.

Bachynski hadn't scored in double figures in the last three games and didn't have more than six rebounds in any of them. He had eight offensive rebounds Saturday and made 10 of 12 from the field, all from inside.

"I knew what I had to do," Bachynski said. "That just comes down to me understanding just the patience I need to develop my basketball game, to have the basketball IQ to know what to do in a particular game against different defenders."

The Sun Devils began the second half on a 17-7 run, taking a 56-40 lead with 11:17 remaining. UCLA never got closer than nine.

Bruins' up-and-down season hits a new low

Published: Jan. 26, 2013 Updated: 5:48 p.m.

TEMPE, Ariz. – Less than two days had passed since UCLA had been on top of the world, putting its home loss to Oregon firmly in the rear view and cruising to its most impressive victory of the season at No. 6 Arizona.
The emotion of the game had lifted a Bruins team that, all season long, had obliged to take the highs with the lows, riding a youth-laden roster up and down a roller coaster of momentum. But atop its biggest peak of the season thus far heading into Saturday's game at Arizona State, that thrill ride took a sharp turn downward against the Sun Devils.
Article Tab: Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski (13) strips the ball from UCLA's Tony Parker. Bachynski had 22 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Sun Devils to a 78-60 victory Saturday.
Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski (13) strips the ball from UCLA's Tony Parker. Bachynski had 22 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Sun Devils to a 78-60 victory Saturday.
As the clock mercifully ran down on one of the worst games of the Bruins' season – just days after their best performance – UCLA's inexperienced roster had allowed the exact letdown it had insisted it would avoid after big victories. Never having led after the game's four-minute mark, the Bruins trudged off the court in Tempe having been thoroughly outworked and outplayed in the 78-60 defeat – their Thursday night victory feeling like a far and distant memory.
"We were so satisfied (after Arizona)," freshman Shabazz Muhammad said. "Everyone was happy. We just didn't look forward to this game as much. ... We just have to learn that, even though we get the big wins, we have to win the ones we really need."
UCLA coach Ben Howland said he couldn't sense that lack of motivation before the game. But his players seemed to be well-aware of how big of a role motivation played in the Saturday afternoon letdown.
"Even going into this game, we were like, 'This is a trap game, we've got to play hard because we just got a great win off of Arizona,'" Muhammad said. "And we came here and didn't play as hard."
"I didn't think we approached it that well," freshman Jordan Adams added. "... In our mind we were (prepared), but it didn't show."
That lack of motivation, coupled with widespread fatigue issues, resulted in a train wreck down low, as the Bruins' interior defense faltered in epic fashion without forward Travis Wear. Freshman Tony Parker and junior David Wear – both playing their most minutes of the Pac-12 season – were tasked with filling in for Travis, but neither could do anything to stop Arizona State's post attack, which routinely made the Bruins look outclassed in the paint. The Sun Devils scored 46 points in the paint – 20 more than UCLA – and outrebounded the Bruins by an almost unbelievable 20 boards.
With a four-inch advantage over UCLA's tallest player, Sun Devils center Jordan Bachynski took full advantage of Travis Wear's absence, imposing his will around the basket to finish with an impressive line of 22 points and 15 rebounds — both career-highs. But his offensive efficiency may not have even been his most valuable weapon against the Bruins, as his length on the other end led to six blocks and shook UCLA's confidence on the interior.
And with David Wear using the maximum amount of energy to try and limit Bachynski – an effort that was, obviously, to no avail – the junior forward had little left in the tank on the offensive end and struggled mightily as a result, shooting 2 of 12 from the floor.
"Ultimately, I think (the Arizona game) caught up with us," Wear said. "We were a little slow today, a little slow on our rotations, a little beat up from the last game."
As a result, the Bruins were thoroughly beat up when they left the court Saturday – a potential big-time road sweep having slipped away.
Howland called it "a learning experience," citing his team's youth. But David Wear, still tired from the 40-minute beating his team had just succumbed to, was blunter.
"We just have to realize," Wear said, "we can't let this happen again."

Bruins can't go big, so they go home losers against Arizona State

Two days after a huge victory at No. 6 Arizona, short-handed UCLA can't match up inside with taller, bulkier Sun Devils, whose big men dominate in 78-60 win.

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By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
6:51 PM PST, January 26, 2013

TEMPE, Ariz. — Jordan Bachynski, Arizona State's big-lug-of-a-Canadian, was as good a place as any to start.

There was so much Arizona State did right, and so much UCLA did wrong, at the Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday. But where you could hang the Sun Devils' 78-60 victory was from Bachynski's 7-foot-2 frame.

It could be argued, at least Saturday, that Bachynski was as even better Canadian import to the Phoenix area than NHL hockey.

"I never heard of the guy," UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad said. "He was huge."

Literally and figuratively.

The Sun Devils found UCLA's weakness — not that it required a Where's Waldo-like search — and exploited it.

The Bruins found that living in the past, even if it was only Thursday, was a bad way to travel around the Pac-12 Conference.

Bachynski was the difference maker. He had 22 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots. It underscored again the Bruins' woes against teams with a strong inside presence.

"I told our guys last night, that kid is going to make a lot of money playing basketball," UCLA Coach Ben Howland said. "He blocked two or three shots and we kept testing him and he kept blocking them. We got to learn."

The Bruins (16-5 overall, 6-2 in Pac-12 play) were tutored in so many subjects.

The intensity that fueled UCLA's victory over sixth-ranked Arizona on Thursday apparently stayed in Tucson.

The Bruins trailed only 39-33 at halftime, but it seemed like they might collapse at any moment. The Sun Devils (16-4, 5-2) stretched that lead to 14 four minutes into the second half.

The Sun Devils schooled UCLA right to the end. As the seconds wound down, Arizona State's Evan Gordon was casually dribbling out the clock. Jordan Adams knocked took the ball away and raced up court.

"I was taught to play right up to the end," Adams said.

Arizona State's Carrick Felix did, hustling back to block Adams' layup at the buzzer.

It was the exclamation point.

"There was no motivation," Muhammad said. "We got such great win [Thursday]. Everyone was so satisfied. Everyone was happy. We didn't look forward to this game as much. We've got to learn, as players, even when you get big wins, you've got to win the ones you really need."

Excuses were not applicable.

True, the Bruins were without forward Travis Wear, their third-leading scorer. It shortened an already thin bench, leaving UCLA with only seven scholarship players. But it would be hard to say fatigue was an issue.

Arizona State went overtime to beat USC on Thursday, a game that ended after 11 p.m. And four Sun Devils played at least 38 minutes against the Bruins. All looked fresh at the end.

Answers lay elsewhere.

"The second half got away from us," Howland said. "We were going too much one-on-one."
UCLA was manhandled by Oregon's inside players in a loss to the Ducks a week earlier. The Bruins revisited those issues.

Bachynski had eight offensive rebounds. UCLA had eight as a team. Bachynski had career highs in points and rebounds, and his wing span made the paint a no-fly zone.

"Even when he didn't get the block, he was changing our shots," said Adams, who led UCLA with 19 points.
Arizona State had a 53-33 rebounding edge, with three players with double digits — Bachynski, Jonathan Gilling (12) and Felix (11).

The Sun Devils worked the Bruins' undersized interior like an exposed nerve. Felix, who had 23 points, made eight of 12 shots, mostly by posting up Muhammad. Bachynski made 10 of 12 shots.

"They were scoring every time," said Muhammad, who had 18 points. "We couldn't get our break going because we couldn't play any defense. That big guy did whatever he wanted inside. We feed off misses and they weren't missing."

Howland summed it up more succinctly, saying, "We didn't do a very good job on either end of the floor."

Arizona State 78, UCLA 60: Bruins head home bruised

Lucky to be down just six points at halftime, UCLA needed to enter the second half swinging.
The Bruins proceeded to give up a 10-4 run to ASU, creating a 14-point deficit that only shrank to single digits briefly — for 16 seconds in the with just over two minutes left in the game. Less than two full days after a triumphant win over No. 6 Arizona, UCLA fell apart against the Sun Devils.
Rebounding had been the supposed emphasis throughout the week’s practices, and the Bruins actually beat the Wildcats on the boards Thursday night. But that grit did not last. ASU dominated UCLA with a 53-33 advantage on the boards. The Bruins’ next-worst margin was only -11, against UC Irvine.
Can lack of energy be blamed? UCLA looked worn out for much of the game, but it’s not like Arizona State had an advantage off the bench: two points to the Bruins’ zero. The Sun Devils essentially played their five starters the entire game, with only center Jordan Bachynski seeing fewer than 38 minutes. This, after four players eclipsed the 40-minute mark two days ago.
In their best win of the season, ASU proved itself a team with legitimate NCAA tournament prospects — a quick turnaround given their back-to-back 10th-place conference finishes. UCLA becomes a much harder team to peg, one capable of knocking off the conference’s best teams, but also one that can be maddeningly inconsistent.
Oregon’s path to the Pac-12 title, meanwhile, has been cleared. Arizona, ASU and UCLA each have two losses apiece, and none get another regular-season shot at the Ducks.
UCLA’s loss fittingly ended with Carrick Felix blocking Jordan Adams’ meaningless, last-second layup. ASU had outworked the Bruins all game; it wasn’t about to stop short.
More stats and notes:
– UCLA shot 20 of 75 from the field, beating out a 28-of-74 performance against UC Irvine as the worst of the season. The Bruins also failed to attack the basket, settling for missed 3-pointers as the second half dwindled away. They attempted a season-low six free throws, split evenly between Jordan Adams and Shabazz Muhammad. The team’s lowest mark prior was 11 in a loss to San Diego State.
– David Wear started the game by making two of three shots, but missed the remaining nine he took in the game. He also missed a wide-open dunk late in the game. Just an awful day overall for the fully healthy Wear twin, who couldn’t back up his assertion that he was as capable as Travis. It was the sort of performance that draws sympathy more than scorn.
– Speaking of Travis Wear, would his presence have changed the outcome at all? As transformative as he has been on offense lately, it’s hard to imagine how he would have limited Jordan Bachynski’s career performance. The 7-foot-2 center had a career-best 22 points and 15 rebounds, and tossed in six blocks and a steal for good measure. He missed two of his 12 shots.
– Tony Parker might have helped if his development was sped up a few months. As it stood, he picked up two fouls early and was more or less a non-factor for the rest of the game. He missed a shot and grabbed a rebound in his 13 minutes of play. Yes, he could potentially be better now had he been trusted more earlier, but he didn’t do anything notable with his biggest opportunity yet.
– Arizona State beat UCLA by 15-plus points for the first time since 2003. UCLA couldn’t finish off its first road sweep in the state since the 2007-08 season.

UCLA unable to avoid predictable letdown

January, 26, 2013
JAN 26

Shabazz Muhammed Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY SportsShabazz Muhammad scored 18 points, but he wasn't surprised the Bruins had a letdown against Arizona State.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Shabazz Muhammad could see this coming from a mile away.

Ben Howland began to worry about it almost as soon as the final horn sounded Thursday,Jordan Adams felt it almost from the opening tip Saturday and David Wear was feeling it well after the game had ended.

UCLA lost to Arizona State 78-60 Saturday in what has to be considered a classic letdown loss after the Bruins delivered a major upset Thursday at No. 6 Arizona.

The words "trap game" and "overlook" came up frequently in the aftermath of that 84-73 victory in Tucson, but the Bruins (16-5, 6-2 Pac-12) were powerless to do anything about Saturday, even though they were fully aware it might happen.

"There was no motivation," Muhammad said of the team's lackluster effort. "Going into this game, we were like, 'This is a trap game and we have to play hard because we just got a great win off of Arizona,' and then we come out here and not play as hard."

This type of inconsistency is what you get with a young team still trying to find its way. For every impact win, a bad loss is lurking around the corner. And while Arizona State (16-4, 5-2) isn't exactly a pushover, the inability to back up the big win Thursday makes it a bad loss for UCLA.

"It's a learning experience," Howland said. "We're very young, and the first thing you worry about after a big win on the road at Arizona is a letdown. ... I just thought that we didn't have the same fire that we needed like we had Thursday night."

That much was evident almost from the start, as the Bruins, not exactly speedy to begin with, looked a step slow and low on energy on both ends of the court. They managed to stay in the game for most of the first half and were down only one, 34-33, with 1:46 left before halftime.

Arizona State ended the first half on a 5-0 run for a 39-33 halftime lead, and then opened the second half with a 12-4 run for a 51-37 lead, and the lead stayed in double digits for most of the rest of the game.

"I don't think we approached it that well," Adams said. "In our minds we were [motivated], but it didn't show."

And when things started going awry in the second half, the Bruins didn't know how to stop the snowball from rolling downhill. It showed all over the court. UCLA, shooting a Pac-12-leading 47 percent coming in to the game, shot a season-low 34.7 percent Saturday and 28.9 percent in the second half. It was only the second time this season the Bruins failed to crack 40 percent.

Offense has been this team's calling card, but the shots weren't falling and a below-average defense couldn't keep the team in the game. The players began to panic, went away from the offensive game plan and tried to play hero by forcing things. It didn't work.

"I think we were going a little one-on-one too much instead of running our sets," Adams said.

The Sun Devils outrebounded UCLA 53-33 and outscored UCLA in the paint, 46-26. It was an obvious case of one team wanting it more than the other and an even more obvious case of a team crashing down to earth after riding high less than 48 hours earlier.

"It was such a great win over Arizona," Muhammad said. "We were so satisfied and everybody was happy and we just didn't look forward to this game as much. That's what I thought as a player, and we just have to learn to -- even though we get the big wins -- we've got to win the ones that we really need in the trap games."

The Bruins can ill-afford to lose another. They fell two games behind Oregon with the loss, and it won't be easy to win the Pac-12 with any more notches in the loss column. Plus, all the national goodwill gained in the win Thursday and the bump in RPI, will be nullified by leaving the Grand Canyon State with only a split.

"It's extremely disappointing," David Wear said. "It basically takes away that feeling of beating Arizona. It erases that. It's extremely tough. We were a little slow today, slow on our rotations and beat up from the last game. We just have to be able to focus down and realize we can't beat a team like Arizona and then come in a drop a game like this."

You can't say the Bruins didn't see it coming.

Rapid reaction: ASU 78 UCLA 60

JAN 26
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The UCLA Bruins failed to back up their big win Thursday, falling to theArizona State Sun Devils 78-60 on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena just two days after knocking off No. 6 Arizona. A quick overview:

How it happened: After a fairly close first half, Arizona State opened the second half with a 12-4 run to build a 51-37 lead. The Bruins (16-5, 6-2 Pac-12) never got closer than 10 points after that.

The Sun Devils (16-4, 5-2) received dominant performances from center Jordan Bachynski, who had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and winger Carrick Felix, who took advantage of shoddy defense by UCLA star freshman Shabazz Muhammad to put up 23 points and 11 rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting. Muhammad, UCLA's leading scorer, was silent for long stretches but ended up with 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting, but he was 0-for-4 on 3-point attempts.

Arizona State dominated the inside against a short-handed UCLA team playing without center Travis Wear. The Sun Devils outrebounded UCLA 53-33 and had three players in double figures rebounding. Arizona State had 46 points in the paint to UCLA's 26.

Player of the game: UCLA had no answer for Bachynski, the 7-foot-2 center who is four inches taller than any UCLA player. He had 14 points and nine rebounds in the first half, when he made 7-of-8 shots, and made 10-of-12 shots for the game. His 22 points and 15 rebounds were career highs, and he added six blocked shots.

Stat of the game: UCLA, the Pac-12 leader in field goal percentage at 47.7 percent coming in to the game, shot a season-low 34.7 percent. It was only the second time UCLA had failed to shoot 40 percent or better and the first since Nov. 13 against UC Irvine. UCLA shot 28.9 percent in the second half.

What it means: Oregon's path to the Pac-12 title became a lot less cluttered. UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State have two losses each, and the Ducks have defeated all three. Thanks to a scheduling quirk, Oregon won't face any of those teams the rest of the season. Washington, which plays Oregon on Saturday night, is also in the mix.

What’s next: UCLA will play USC on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. PT at Pauley Pavilion. Arizona State is at Washington State on Thursday at 8 p.m. PT.

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