Arizona State holds off California 66-62

Arizona State holds off California 66-62
February 7, 2013, 11:40 pm
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Arizona State's Evan Gordon (10) shoots over California's Brandon Smith (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Evan Gordon scored 23 points, Ruslan Pateev had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Arizona State held on to beat California 66-62 Thursday night.

Arizona State (18-5, 7-3 Pac-12) went up 16 points after a 17-3 run in the first half and kept the lead around double digits until the Bears (13-9, 5-5) tightened up defensively in the closing minutes.

Justin Cobbs hit a 3-pointer to cut Arizona State's lead to three and followed Gordon's two free throws with another to pull the Bears within 64-62 with 22 seconds left.

Gordon hit 1 of 2 from the line at the other end to give Cal a chance, but the Sun Devils forced Allen Crabbe into a turnover with 9 seconds left. Jonathan Gilling sealed it by hitting 1 of 2 free throws after that.

Crabbe and Tyrone Wallace had 16 points apiece to lead the Bears.