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Arizona State holds off San Diego State 55-52

Dec 20, 2009 - 1:50 AM By ANDREW BAGNATO AP Basketball Writer

TEMPE, Ariz.(AP) -- Rihards Kuksiks and Jamelle McMillan each had 12 points as Arizona State defeated San Diego State 55-52 on Saturday despite blowing most of an 18-point lead in the final 11 minutes.

It was the Sun Devils' (8-3) most impressive victory so far and a rare quality win for the Pac-10, mired in one of its worst seasons in memory.

ASU senior point guard Derek Glasser had five assists to tie Bobby Thompson for the school's all-time lead, with 454.

Freshman Chase Tapley scored 17 for the Aztecs (8-3), who had their five-game winning streak snapped. San Diego State lost for the first time in three games against Arizona's Division I schools, having defeated Northern Arizona and Arizona by a combined 58 points.