- Associated Press - Monday, January 13, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - UCLA rebounded from its Thursday loss to No. 1 Arizona with an 87-72 victory over Arizona State University in a Pac-12 Conference game Sunday night.

Kyle Anderson scored 17 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and had 7 assists as the Bruins (13-3, 2-1) beat the Sun Devils (13-4, 2-2) for the 7th time in 8 games. Anderson recorded his ninth double-double of the season.

“Our guys did really well on defense and that led to good offense,” Anderson said. “We had to play like our backs were against the wall. We lost the first one (of the weekend series), so we needed to get this one. We were unselfish; we were hitting guys with the extra pass. That makes the game flow easier.”

Zach LaVine made 8-of-12 shots and scored 19 points.

“Sometimes it’s hard to get into the flow,” LaVine said. “I took about 500 shots a day this week, so I wanted to be more aggressive. Being a scorer, getting your first shot is always pivotal.”

Jordan Adams scored 15 points; Bryce Alford added 13 and Norman Powell scored 11 points for UCLA, which improved to 64-18 all-time against ASU.

The Bruins also improved to 11-1 at home this season.

The Sun Devils jumped out to a 12-6 lead following a 3-pointer by Jermaine Marshall at the 15:33 mark of the first half.

UCLA responded with a 14-0 spurt, highlighted by two 3-pointers by LaVine, to take a 20-12 lead with 12:11 left in the opening half.

LaVine continued with a hot hand as he scored four consecutive baskets for UCLA to increase the Bruins lead to 37-20 lead with 5:44 left in the half. UCLA upped its lead to 41-21 following a basket by Adams with 4:36 left in the half.

The Bruins used good ball movement, effective passing and an aggressive defense to create separation. UCLA led 50-33 at the break.

“I am very pleased with our effort tonight, especially on defense,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “We did a lot of things better and haven’t had a game this good recently. We moved the ball better and that really affected our defensive positioning. We made big defensive strides tonight in a positive direction.”

ASU cut the lead to 73-64 on a basket by Shaquielle McKissic with 6:25 to play but Alford followed with two baskets to up the lead to double digits and hold off the Sun Devils late charge.

The Sun Devils leading scorer coming into the game, Jahii Carson averaging 18.6 points per game, was held to 9 points on 4-of-17 shooting.

Marshall made 9 of 14 shots and led ASU with 25 points. Jordan Bachynski added 14 points and had 8 rebounds and Jonathan Gilling scored 10 points for the Sun Devils. Marshall has scored 20 or more points six times this season.

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