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Gordon scores 23, Arizona State overcomes late struggles to hold off California 66-62

  • Arizona State's Evan Gordon (10) shoots over California's Brandon Smith (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Associated Press

  • California's Allen Crabbe (23) and Arizona State's Jahii Carson (1) battle for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Associated Press

  • Arizona State's Ruslan Pateev, rear, of Russia, dunks over California's Allen Crabbe (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Associated Press

  • California's Tyrone Wallace (3) drives past Arizona State's Jahii Carson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Associated Press

Evan Gordon scored 23 points, Ruslan Pateev had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Arizona State held on to beat California 66-62 Thursday night.

Arizona State (18-5, 7-3 Pac-12) went up 16 points after a 17-3 run in the first half and kept the lead around double digits until the Bears (13-9, 5-5) tightened up defensively in the closing minutes.

Justin Cobbs hit a 3-pointer to cut Arizona State's lead to three and followed Gordon's two free throws with another to pull the Bears within 64-62 with 22 seconds left.

Gordon hit 1 of 2 from the line at the other end to give Cal a chance, but the Sun Devils forced Allen Crabbe into a turnover with 9 seconds left. Jonathan Gilling sealed it by hitting 1 of 2 free throws after that.

Crabbe and Tyrone Wallace had 16 points apiece to lead the Bears.