Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 2/8/13
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A funny thing happened on the way to a seemingly routine Arizona State victory Thursday. California forgot to play along. The Sun Devils, who never trailed, led by 15 points with 8-plus minutes remaining but were able to score only one basket the rest of the way, holding on for a 66-62 Pac-12 victory by making four free throws in the final 33 seconds at Wells Fargo Arena. Evan Gordon made three of those free throws to cap a 23-point night as the Sun Devils averted a loss that would have greatly damaged their chances of getting into the NCAA tournament for the first time since James Harden left school four years ago. Several computer projections include ASU (18-5, 7-3) as one of the final teams in the 68-team NCAA field, but the Sun Devils need every victory they can get because of a relatively low strength of schedule and one signature victory again UCLA, although it was a blowout. "We all understand how hard it is to get a win on the road. The home games should...
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