Improbable road win for Sun Devils

Down three suspended players and playing in a venue that they have yet to win in, Thursday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles was probably the last place the Sun Devils expected to snap a four-game losing streak. Against all odds and with only six scholarship players, ASU shocked USC and notched their first Pac-12 win of the season, 62-53.

Sharp three-point shooting early on the game along with a stout defensive performance, aided the shorthanded Arizona State (5-9, 1-1 Pac-12) team as they enjoyed a 19-7 lead with lead with 8:41 remaining in the half. USC (5-11, 0-3) was able to find its offensive rhythm the rest of the period but was merely trading baskets with the red-hot shooting visitors, who took 34-24 lead into the locker room, despite not having point guards Keala King and Chris Colvin, as well as forward Kyle Cain.

The second half saw the Sun Devils cool off offensively as they repeatedly turned over the ball, as they scored just six points in the first 11 minutes of the second stanza allowing the Trojans to cut down the lead to 40-39 with 9:12 remaining in the game. Yet, once again ASU's long range shooting gives them the necessary breathing room to push the lead back to double digits and hold on for a precious conference road win.

Carrick Felix scored a career-high 22 points to pace ASU. He was 3 of 4 beyond the arc and had a game-high four blocks. Trent Lockett who assumed the point guard duties tonight filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Freshman Jonathan Gilling, the team's most improved player thus far, responded to his first career start posting 12 points and four assists.

ASU shot a torrid 61.1 percent from the field and out rebounded USC 25-18. The Sun Devils though did commit 15 turnovers and surrendered 10 offensive rebounds. Nonetheless, they did hold the hosts to 38.2 percent shooting from the field. The Trojans were led by Aaron Fuller who scored 14 points.

The Sun Devil finish up their Los Angles road trip with a visit to the Honda Center in Anaheim as they meet UCLA Saturday at 8:30 p.m. MT.


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