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Saturday, January 26, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Arizona State 78, UCLA 60

By Peter Yoon

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The UCLA Bruins failed to back up their big win Thursday, falling to the Arizona 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.