ASU swept on Bay Area trip

Deft three-point shooting is a proven zone defense buster and Arizona State saw that theory proven one more time Saturday afternoon at Stanford. The Cardinal converted 10-18 shots beyond the arc and proceeded to beat the Sun Devils 83-75.

The first half was a seesaw battle between both squads. Stanford (12-10, 5-6 Pac-10) led 17-14 at the 9:42 mark, but Arizona State (9-14, 1-10) reclaimed the lead 29-28 with 2:33 left. The Cardinal ended the period with an 8-3 run to post a 36-32 halftime advantage.

The hosts never relinquished their edge in the second stanza. The Sun Devils were severely handicapped with senior Ty Abbott, suffering from a back strain, playing just four minutes in this period (17 minutes overall in the contest).

At the 16:45 mark the Cardinal were already enjoying a 45-35 lead. ASU was able to cut down the deficit to four points, 50-46, three minutes later but that is as close the visitors would get to notching their second league victory this season.

Jamelle McMillan scored a career-high 17 points to lead ASU and also paced his squad with four steals. Trent Lockett added 14 points and a team-high five assists. Carrick Felix posted 10 points off the bench. ASU shot 50.9 percent from the field, but allowed Stanford to convert at a 52.2 percent clip. The Sun Devils were barely edged on the glass recording 28 rebounds to Stanford's 29. The Cardinal's Jeremy Green led all players with a season-high 23 points and was a perfect 5-5 from three-point range.

Next up for ASU is a home meeting with archrival Arizona Sunday February 13th at 7:00 pm.

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