Still licking their wounds from a 24-point loss at Stanford, ASU probably figured that Haas Pavilion wasn't going to be the venue where they could bounce back from a bitter defeat. Cal validated that theory in resounding fashion, as they never trailed on Saturday afternoon and beating the Sun Devils 68-47.
The writing was on the wall early for Arizona State
(7-16, 3-8 Pac-12) as they scored the first field goal with 5:09 minutes elapsed and by then California
(18-6, 8-3) was already ahead 13-3. The Sun Devils scored just four points in the last six and half minutes of half and went down to the locker room trailing 34-16.
With just under three minutes elapsed in the second stanza, the hosts were sporting a 20-plus lead, 41-20. The only good news for the visitors had from that point on, was the fact that that they were able to trade baskets with the Golden Bears and not let that lead expand.
Kyle Cain paced ASU scoring 18 points off the bench and posting a game-high nine rebounds. Jonathan Gilling and Chris Colvin each had five assists for the Sun Devils. ASU committed 20 turnovers and shot 38.3 percent from the field, including 2-15 from beyond the arc. Alan Crabbe led Cal 19 points.
ASU returns home to face Utah at 6:30 p.m.