Cougars Edge Devils in Pullman

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Dexter Kernich-Drew, making his first start since Nov. 27, scored a career-high 27 points to lead Washington State past Arizona State, 74-71, Friday night.

DaVonte Lacy scored 17 points for the Cougars (11-13, 5-7 Pac-12), who moved past the Sun Devils (12-12, 4-7) into eighth place.

Gerry Blakes paced Arizona State with a season-high 24 points, including the Sun Devils' final 16 points. Tra Holder added 14 and Eric Jacobsen had 12.

Kernich-Drew was coming off a season-high 18-point game Sunday at Oregon. The senior wing from Australia came into Friday's game averaging 4.4 points per game. Kernich-Drew sank 9 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, and converted all five of his free throws.

Blakes went 10 for 21 from the floor, including 3 for 9 on 3's. He scored 18 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer as time expired.

The Sun Devils led 34-29 at the half after dominating inside play. In the opening half, Arizona State outscored WSU 26-12 in the paint and had a 12-0 advantage in second-chance points. The Sun Devils outrebounded WSU 25-10 in the half, including 10-1 in offensive rebounds.

Washington State's inside game fared better in the second half, when the Cougars scored 45 points on 59.3 percent shooting from the field. The Cougars shot 51.9 percent for the game and held Arizona State to 44.4 percent.

The Cougars had lost six of seven games since starting 3-1 in conference play. The Sun Devils, who started 0-4 in the Pac-12, defeated then-No. 6 Arizona last Saturday for their fourth victory in six games. Arizona State fell to 1-9 in away games.



Arizona State: Savon Goodman led all players with five offensive rebounds and a career-high 14 total rebounds. He added eight points, but Goodman had four of ASU's 15 turnovers.

Washington State: Josh Hawkinson, who was averaging 15.1 points, scored his only six points in the second half. The Pac-12 rebounding leader did grab a team-high nine boards.

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