Washington (18-7, 10-4) surprised ASU with their own zone defense which helped the Huskies go on a 13-4 run to grab a 20-19 advantage with 9:15 left in the half. Ultimately, it was a lead that that the visitors would not relinquish the entire game.
"I don't think we executed our zone offense particularly well," head coach Herb Sendek said. "But in the whole scheme of things I don't know if that was our undoing. It didn't encompass that many possessions in the game. Certainly more than that comes to mind in terms of us us not being able to be better tonight."
Abbott's 13 points in this period helped ASU tie the contest at 27 apiece with 6:31 left in the half. However, the Huskies finished the half on a 16-6 run to go down to the locker room with a 43-33 lead.
The second half opened with a scuffle at the 18:18 mark which resulted in technical fouls for Abbott, ASU associate head coach Dedrique Taylor and Washington's Isaiah Thomas. This gave ASU some life as they cut down the deficit to 49-42 at the 17:13 mark.
Alas, any hopes for a comeback effectively ended with a 10-0 run by Washington, as their advantage never dipped again into single digits for the rest of the night. Additionally Abbott scored just two points in the second stanza as ASU shot just 36.1 percent from the field in the last 20 minutes.
Abbott led ASU with 15 points and was the only player in double figure scoring for ASU. Keala King (eight rebounds, six of them offensive) and Corey Hawkins (seven points, five rebounds) had solid contributions from the bench. Washington's Matt Bryan-Amaning led all players with 22 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. C.J. Wilcox had an impressive performance in reserve duty as well chipping in with 16 points and converting 4-9 shots beyond the arc.
Washington posted 10 blocked shots and edged ASU on the glass 45-42, including 14 offensive rebounds. In what has been a disturbing trend all season ASU was just 31.6 percent (6-19) from the free throw line.
Next up for ASU is a Saturday Noon tip-off home matchup against Washington State. The Sun Devils will not only look to halt their losing streak but also try and record their first Pac-10 victory at home.