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The Sun Devils barely top IUPUI Jaguars

December 14, 2008

Jeff Pendergraph and Derek Glasser scored all of Arizona State's four points in overtime, and the 20th-ranked Sun Devils rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to defeat IUPUI 59-58 on Sunday.

Rihards Kuksiks scored 18 points, all on 3-pointers, to lead the Sun Devils (8-1), who trailed 39-23 in the early minutes of the second half.

IUPUI scored two points in the final 7 minutes of regulation and three in overtime - all by guard Gary Patterson, who had 19 points.

The Sun Devils had two field goals in overtime - one by Pendergraph, who finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, the other by Glasser.

Arizona State turned the ball over on its final possession of overtime, but IUPUI's Alex Young missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Young had 19 points for the Jaguars (5-4), who fell to 0-7 all-time against ranked opponents.

Neither team scored again in regulation after Kuksiks hit his sixth 3-pointer to tie it at 55-55 with 2:04 to go.

Patterson missed a running 12-footer as the horn sounded, sending the game into overtime.

Both teams continued to struggled to score in overtime. The first points came on a putback by Pendergraph 2:43 to play.

Moments later, Arizona State star James Harden fouled out. He finished with a season-low nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field.

Down 52-40 with about 9 minutes to go, the Sun Devils closed regulation with a 15-3 run sparked by a 3-pointer from Kuksiks.

At halftime, IUPUI led 34-18, and the Jaguars ran off the floor to the wild cheers of a throng of Arizona fans who had arrived early for the Wildcats' game against No. 4 Gonzaga in the nightcap of the doubleheader at U.S. Airways Center.

In its worst half of the season, Arizona State had as many turnovers (7) as baskets. The Sun Devils shot 31.8 percent and often appeared listless.

Harden, averaging 25.5 points per game, had three in the first half - on one field goal attempt, which he made.