“Right now, it doesn’t matter all that much,” he said.
Trailing by one at halftime, the Sun Devils rallied behind Martin’s hot shooting. He made three 3-pointers while scoring 13 points in the first eight minutes of the half.
“We just didn’t convert on a lot of our opportunities and we didn’t box out,” Wilkes said. “In zone you have to box out and find somebody and hit them. It just trickled on and everybody missed some shots.”
Dort earned a flagrant-1 foul for knocking down Wilkes in the game’s final seconds. In the first half, Wilkes received a flagrant-1 foul for contact with Taeshon Cherry, who fell.
The Bruins scored the game’s first 11 points while pressing Arizona State into missing its first four shots and committing two turnovers. They kept it up and led 27-17.
The Sun Devils used an 11-0 run of their own to take a 28-27 lead. UCLA had three turnovers during its drought.
Neither team led by more two points over the final 6:52 of the half. David Singleton’s 3-pointer kept UCLA ahead 44-43 at the break.
Arizona State: The Sun Devils are back on a roll for the first time since the start of the season when they won their first seven and were ranked.
UCLA: The Bruins have their first three-game skid under Bartow after winning their first three in the aftermath of Steve Alford’s firing. They face a tough trip to first-place Washington next week. “These players are working their tails off. Their spirit is great, the energy is great,” Bartow said. “We just have to play a lot better.”
Martin played against his former high school and AAU teammate Cody Riley.
“It was crazy seeing him with a different uniform,” Martin said. “He’s very successful and I’m just OK.”
Riley had six points and a team-high 10 rebounds for the Bruins.
Martin, who is from nearby Chatsworth, played in front of several friends and family.
HE SAID IT
“We’ve got a lot left in us.” — Bartow.
Arizona State: Visits Southern California on Saturday.
UCLA: Hosts Arizona on Saturday in the Wildcats’ first visit to Pauley Pavilion since 2017.
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