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ASU Men's Basketball Falls to Arizona by 1 Point
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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Feb. 14, 1998

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Miles Simon scored 23 points and A.J. Bramlett had all 11 of his points in the second half as No. 3 Arizona held on to beat Arizona State 83-82 Saturday.

It was the 15th consecutive victory for the defending national champion Wildcats (22-3, 12-0 Pac-10), who haven't lost since Dec. 23 at Florida State.

Arizona State (16-9, 6-6) lost for the sixth straight time to its archrival and 25th in the last 30 meetings overall.

The Sun Devils, crushed 127-99 at Tucson on Jan. 15, led 62-56 with 13:14 to play before Simon and Bramlett took over.

But after Mike Bibby's jumper with 2:19 remaining put the Wildcats up 83-79, they didn't score again and nearly let Arizona State pull off the upset.

Jeremy Veal, who had 24 points, hit a driving lay-in with 1:15 left and Ahlon Lewis drove the baseline for a finger roll with 37 seconds remaining to pull the Sun Devils within 83-82.

Arizona then missed the front ends of three 1-and-1s - one by Simon and two by Michael Dickerson - in an eight-second span.

Bobby Lazor, who had 20 points, pulled down Dickerson's last miss and Arizona State called a timeout with nine seconds left to set up a final shot. But Lewis' baseline jumper bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Bibby and Dickerson each finished with 16 points, while Eugene Edgerson had 12 rebounds for Arizona, which shot 44 percent (32-of-72).

Dickerson passed Chris Mills (1,619) and is Arizona's sixth-leading career scorer with 1,626 points.

Veal is four points shy of passing Ron Riley (1,834) to become Arizona State's leading scorer.

Simon had 17 points in the first half, including a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Arizona a 42-38 lead.

But Lazor had a three-point play and a dunk in a 9-0 run as the Sun Devils grabbed a 62-56 lead.

The score was tied five times until Bramlett made two free throws with 4:49 left to put the Wildcats ahead to stay at 77-75. Jumpers by Davidson, Simon and Bibby made it a five-point lead heading into the final two minutes and setting the stage for the wild finish.

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