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Rihards Kuksiks leads Arizona State past Arizona

Kuksiks scores 17 points and makes a pair of late three-pointers as the No. 14 Sun Devils defeat the Wildcats, 70-68.

February 23, 2009|Associated Press

TEMPE, ARIZ — . -- Rihards Kuksiks scored 17 points and made a pair of late three-point shots as No. 14 Arizona State defeated Arizona, 70-68, on Sunday night despite blowing a 17-point second-half lead.

Kuksiks connected twice from beyond the arc in the final 2:50, with both shots giving the Sun Devils the lead. Jeff Pendergraph had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and he made two key free throws with 25 seconds left.

Arizona State, 21-5 overall and 10-4 in the Pac-10, moved within half a game of first-place Washington, which will play host to the Sun Devils on Thursday.

Nic Wise scored 17 points for Arizona (18-9, 8-6), which ended a seven-game winning streak.

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