Huskies hold off pesky Sun Devils

It was arguably ASU's best performance in Pac-10 play this season, and the final score wasn't indicative the overall flow of the game. However, the end result was unfortunately much like many of the Sun Devils' other league contests. Matthew Bryan-Amaning's career high 30 points proved too much for the maroon and gold as the senior led Washington to 88-75 victory at home.

Arizona State (9-10, 1-6 Pac-10) shot 53.6 percent from the field, and scored 14 points off turnovers in the first half. Back to back three pointers by Trent Lockett and Ty Abbott gave the visitors an 18-15 lead with 9:55 left in the period. Washington (15-4, 7-1) fought back and thanks to scoring from Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Isaiah Thomas were able to hold a slim 40-39 lead at the half.

The Sun Devils held their ground to open the second stanza, and although they never led in the last 20 minutes they for the most part kept the deficit at arm's length. Bryan-Amaning's jumper at the 10:35 mark gave Washington a 60-52 lead, but an 11-3 run capped off by a three-pointer by Rihards Kuksiks tied the game last 63-63 with 6:16 left. The hosts put an end to the ASU surge outscoring the Sun Devils 25-12 the rest of the way to secure their top spot in the conference standings.

Both Lockett and Abbott had 20 points each to pace ASU. Lockett led the Sun Devils with five rebounds. Kuksiks had 11 points of the bench, while Jordan Bachynski added seven points also in reserve duty. Aside from Bryan-Amaning, Thomas with 19 points and Scott Suggs with 10 were the only Huskies in double figures. Bryan-Amaning led all players with nine rebounds.

Arizona State was overall 50 percent from the field, including 60 percent (9-15) from the beyond the arc. They did turn over the ball 15 times and lost the battle on the glass 28-22. Washington shot 54.4 percent from the field.

Seeking their first league victory at home ASU returns to Pac-10 play Thursday at 6:30 pm as they host USC at Wells Fargo Arena.

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