Devils edge Wildcats

Another day, another hard fought game for ASU in the Great Alaska shootout. The Sun Devils were never able to shake off Weber State the entire game and actually trailed the Wildcats with 16 seconds left. Trent Lockett scored the last two of his career-high 24 points with nine seconds left to secure a precious 59-58 win and a trip to tournament finals where they will meet St. John's.

It was who else but Trent Lockett who scored Arizona State's (3-1) 10 of their first 14 points in the game, yet Weber State (2-3) refused to go away and behind Lindsey Hughey helped the Wildcats tie the game at 27 apiece at halftime.

The second half saw both Jamelle McMillan and Rihards Kuksiks heating up from beyond the arc as the tandem helped give ASU its biggest lead of the evening, 54-48, with just 6:36 left in the game. Weber State's Damian Lillard was nearly unstoppable down the stretch scoring his team's last eight points of the game giving the Wildcats that aforementioned 58-57 lead later in the game.

Lockett, who was 9 of 12 shooting in the game, was fouled on his driving layup that was ultimately the winning basket but wasn't able to complete the three-point play. Lillard attempted a desperation three pointer right before the final buzzer that missed the mark having the maroon and gold breathe a sigh of relief. The game was tied 12 times and much like their win last night against Houston Baptist was a great test of ASU's collective resolve.

McMillan scored 16 points and converted 4 of 6 shots from three-point territory, and also had four rebounds, four steals and four assists. His fellow senior Kuksiks was 3 of 7 from long range and posted 11 points. Lockett and Kyle Cain, who got his first career start tonight, each had five rebounds. Jordan Bachynski became the last of the team's seven newcomers this year to see action and scored two points in six minutes of play.

The Sun Devils limited the Wildcats to 34 percent shooting and unlike its last few games they shot well from three-point range (9 of 20, 45 percent) and from the charity stripe (6 of 8, 75 percent). ASU however was out rebounded 29-25 and surrendered eight offensive boards. Scott Bamforth led Weber State with 15 points.

ASU and St. John are scheduled to tip-off at 10 pm MT on Saturday. It would certainly be conceivable to expect this game to be another nip and tuck affair, and with ASU's ability to close out games this season the Sun Devils are hoping for the same result against the Red Storm.


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