Arizona State outlasts No. 3 UCLA 87-84 in triple overtime

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State unleashed a savage storm on the field late into the night, earning 24 points from Marreon Jackson and 16 from Jalen Graham to outlast No. 3 UCLA 87- 84 in triple overtime on Saturday.

The Sun Devils (7-13, 3-7 Pac-12) built a 10-point lead with a 21-4 halftime streak but couldn’t shake the Bruins (16-4, 8 -3).

UCLA rallied to force overtime, resisting Jackson’s 3-pointer late in the first extra period and DJ Horne’s corner 3 at the buzzer of the second.

Arizona State seemed to have put the game aside, going up 84-78, but UCLA still had life. Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored on a layup with 16 seconds left and, after a Sun Devils turnover, Tyger Campbell hit a tough layup with 7.2 seconds left to make it 86-84.

Jackson hit one of two free throws and Arizona State fouled Jaquez with 2.2 seconds left. Jaquez missed the first free throw and, after intentionally missing the second, Peyton Watson missed a wild 3-pointer at the buzzer.

After a brief delay to let the Bruins off the field, Arizona State students rushed to the floor after the Sun Devils’ third victory over a top-3 opponent in 41 years.

Jaquez finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Johnny Juzang added 20 points for the Bruins.

UCLA is the second-highest scoring team in the Pac-12, but struggled against pressure from No. 7 Arizona on Thursday night, shooting 38% in a 76-66 loss.

The Bruins seemed to be back on track against Arizona State. They turned to Jaquez early and the 6-foot-7 junior delivered, scoring 11 points in the first nine minutes as UCLA’s offense took a six-point lead.

The Sun Devils tightened up defensively after that and good looks were harder to come by. UCLA had a 6 1/2 minute scoreless streak on the field and Arizona State closed the first half on a 13-4 run to lead 34-32. The Bruins scored a field goal in the final at 8:24.

UCLA continued to miss to open the second half — six in a row — and Arizona State continued their run, pushing the lead to 42-32.

The Bruins then had a six-minute scoreless streak on the field, but began racking up fouls and free throws to keep Arizona State within reach. UCLA then hit four straight to go up 58-56 and the teams went back and forth in the final 2 1/2 minutes of regulation.

BIG PICTURE

UCLA ran into a defensive wall in the desert, struggling to hit shots in both games. The Bruins could see a big drop in the AP Top 25 next week.

Arizona State crushed another opponent with their defense. The Sun Devils were finally rewarded with their biggest win of the season.

FOLLOWING

UCLA: Plays at Stanford on Tuesday.

Arizona State: Hosts No. 7 from Arizona on Monday.

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