Turnovers doom Devils once again

On Friday night at Wells Fargo arena, Sun Devil basketball fought a hard battle but ultimately fell short to the New Mexico Lobos 76-71. Despite being plagued by turnovers, which is becoming a theme of the 2011 season, the maroon and gold are slowly but surely making improvements.

"Its hard coming off of a loss but I really feel like we came together a little bit more as a team today," junior guard Trent Lockett said, "and I think we made strides in a lot of areas. I think we only had 8 offensive rebounds but obviously we improved but not enough to get the win, which is unfortunate."

The Sun Devils had 19 turnovers during the matchup against the Lobos, six of which were at the hand of newcomer and starting point guard Chris Colvin.

"That's our Achilles heel right now," Lockett admitted. "When we clean it up I think we will be a lot better team but right now it's something that's really killing us.

"Chris, it's his first year and for Keala (King), point guard isn't his natural position but obviously he is a great player, he's capable of it and I am turning the ball over way too much right now as well so it's just a combination of things. If we can fix it, it will help us tremendously."

With just 16 seconds left in the contest, the Sun Devils had the opportunity to tie the game and found an open Trent Lockett behind the arc, but unfortunately the shot didn't fall their way, securing the win for New Mexico.

"That was a shot I wanted," Lockett began. "I was waiting for it but it just didn't fall. It felt good but it was off to the right."

Lockett, typically the most impactful Sun Devil, appeared less involved in the maroon and gold offense than usual. The guard had 11-points during the matchup, but luckily had Carrick Felix and Keala King on the court to keep the Sun Devils in the game.

"They did a great job but I just have to be a little bit more aggressive and pick my spots," Lockett began. "But Carrick (Felix) was playing well and I thought all of the guys were doing well so I wasn't going to force anything just to get my game going. As long as we're scoring and playing well I'm not going to interrupt it."

Felix, showcasing his vast improvements since last year was just one point shy of a career high performance. With 20-points, including 15 in the first half Felix carried the maroon and gold throughout the matchup.

"Carrick played well today," Lockett said of his teammate. "He shot well from the line and I think he hit some threes. He runs the floor and he works hard so I think it's really paying off for him."

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