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Returning to Arizona’s lineup at midseason was no test for Miles Simon.

“There were no butterflies,” Simon, the team’s top returning scorer and rebounder from last season, said after the No. 7 Wildcats beat Arizona State 92-84 Saturday at Tempe, Ariz. “It was just another intense Pac-10 game. I wasn’t nervous. I just wanted to get out there, have fun and do what I could to contribute.”

Simon, returning after an 11-game suspension due to poor grades, contributed 18 points, seven assists and four rebounds.

“I don’t think we win this game without Miles. He showed how valuable he is,” coach Lute Olson said.

Arizona (10-2, 3-0 Pac-10) also got a career-high 32 points from Michael Dickerson.

He and Simon had 11 points apiece in the second half, and Bennett Davison had 10 of his 16 points in the period to help Arizona weather a rally by the Sun Devils.

Michael Batiste had 25 points for Arizona State (9-6, 1-2), Rodger Farrington scored 22, and Jeremy Veal had 19.

But Batiste had only six points in the second half.

“I just wasn’t as aggressive with the ball as I normally am,” he said. “That’s me, that’s my game. It’s my fault. I didn’t keep myself up like I did in the first half.”

Veal stole a pass and pulled up for a 16-foot jumper that cut Arizona’s lead to 57-55 early in the second half. But Simon had nine points during a 30-16 run over the next 9 minutes, helping Arizona to an 87-71 lead.

Arizona 92, Arizona St. 84

Arizona (10-2, 3-0) - Davison 5-9 6-8 16, Dickerson 12-21 4-4 32, Bramlett 2-5 3-4 7, Bibby 3-10 0-0 8, Terry 2-4 1-2 5, Simon 6-13 4-4 18, Lee 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 33-69 18-22 92.

Arizona St. (9-6, 1-2) - Batiste 10-17 2-3 25, Kelly 1-2 3-4 5, Farrington 9-11 4-5 22, House 1-8 3-4 5, Veal 7-15 4-5 19, Richardson 0-0 0-0 0, Lewis 1-2 2-2 4, Gervin 1-7 1-3 4. Totals 30-62 19-26 84.

Halftime-Arizona 50, Arizona St. 42. 3-point goals-Arizona 8-20 (Dickerson 4-7, Bibby 2-5, Simon 2-5, Lee 0-1, Terry 0-2), Arizona St. 5-20 (Batiste 3-7, Veal 1-3, Gervin 1-5, Lewis 0-1, House 0-4). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Arizona 38 (Davison 13), Arizona St. 36 (Farrington 9). Assists-Arizona 22 (Bibby 9), Arizona St. 22 (House 7). Total Fouls-Arizona 18, Arizona St. 15. A-13,055.

UCLA 64, California 56

At San Francisco, Kris Johnson scored 15 of his 21 points during a decisive second-half surge by UCLA.

The Bruins (8-4, 3-1), recovering from their worst loss in history (109-61) at Stanford on Thursday night, bounced back to defeat the Bears (10-5, 1-3).

Charles O’Bannon added 12 points and 16 rebounds and three blocked shots for UCLA. Cal’s Ed Gray scored a game-high 29 points. But Gray was a frigid 9 for 28 from the field as Cal shot 30 percent (18 for 60).

UCLA (8-4, 3-1) - O’Bannon 5-15 2-2 12, Johnson 7-13 6-7 21, Henderson 4-4 0-1 8, Dollar 0-4 2-2 2, Bailey 2-10 3-4 7, McCoy 6-8 2-2 14, Myers 0-0 0-0 0, Loyd 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 24-54 15-18 64.

California (10-5, 1-3) - Duck 2-9 0-0 5, Marks 0-1 0-0 0, Stewart 2-2 1-2 5, Gray 9-28 8-9 29, McGruder 2-5 0-3 4, McQueen 0-4 1-2 1, Grigsby 2-6 3-4 7, Jones 0-1 3-4 3, Gonzalez 1-4 0-0 2, Totals 18-60 16-24 56.

Halftime-California 29, UCLA 26. 3-point goals-UCLA 1-11 (Johnson 1-3, O’Bannon 0-1, Dollar 0-2, Bailey 0-5), California 4-21 (Gray 3-10, Duck 1-6, McGruder 0-1, McQueen 0-4. Fouled out- Henderson. Rebounds-UCLA 44 (O’Bannon 16), California 33 (Grigsby 7). Assists-UCLA 16 (Dollar 8), California 9 McGruder 4, McQueen 4). Total fouls-UCLA 19, California 16. A-11,054.

(21) Stanford 85, USC 70

At Stanford, Calif., Brevin Knight had a season-high 27 points and David Moseley hit five 3-pointers as a 17-4 run in the second half keyed the Cardinal victory.

Tim Young added 15 of his 21 points in the second half for the Cardinal (10-2, 3-1). Stais Boseman had 19 points and Jarvis Turner had 17 to lead the Trojans (7-5, 2-2).

Knight, who hit all 11 of his free throws and had five steals to move into a tie for second on the Pac-10 career steals list, had 17 points in the first half. He added five assists in the game.

Moseley, a freshman whose previous high was six points, was 5 of 8 from beyond the arc and had 19 points. He was the only Stanford player who had any success on 3-pointers in the game.

Knight, who had four steals in the first half, has 246 career steals. That ties him with Stevin Smith, who played at Arizona State in 1990-94, for second place on the conference career list behind Gary Payton, who had 321 steals for Oregon State in 1987-90.

Southern Cal (7-5, 2-2) - Williams 4-8 1-2 10, White 0-4 0-0 0, Crouse 1-3 4-6 6, Ayuso 2-3 2-2 8, Boseman 8-18 0-0 19, Rhodes 1-2 3-6 5, Sims 1-3 0-0 3, Turner 6-8 5-6 17, Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Shoukry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-53 15-22 70.

Stanford (10-2, 3-1) - Sauer 5-8 0-0 10, Jackson 0-2 0-0 0, Young 7-9 7-7 21, Weems 1-6 0-0 2, Knight 8-15 11-11 27, Lee 1-4 4-4 6, Madsen 0-3 0-0 0, Van Elswyk 0-1 0-1 0, Moseley 6-9 2-3 19, Seaton 0-0 0-0 0, Mendez 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-57 24-26 85.

Halftime-USC 38, Stanford 37. 3-Point goals-USC 7-15 (Boseman 3-6, Ayuso 2-3, Williams 1-1, Sims 1-2, Rhodes 0-1, Turner 0-1, Johnson 0-1), Stanford 5-17 (Moseley 5-8, Sauer 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Knight 0-2, Weems 0-4). Fouled out-Crouse. Rebounds-USC 25 (Turner 8), Stanford 35 (Jackson 7). Assists- USC 13 (Boseman 4), Stanford 18 (Knight 5). Total fouls-USC 21, Stanford 20. Technical-Ayuso 2. A-7,305.


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