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.