Cardinal Clobber Last Place Devils

No Justin Davis? No Matt Haryasz? No problem for shorthanded Stanford. Even an apparent advantage upfront for ASU couldn't save Rob Evans' team from their third straight loss. The Sun Devils looked helpless for most of the contest and the 81-51 score supports that notion to say the least.

ASU actually stood toe-to-toe with the home team for the first ten minutes. Ike Diogu scored his ASU's first six points, as the visitors trailed 11-10 at the 11:01 mark of the first half. The faith of very few games are sealed early in the game, but this contest was one of those rare occurrences. Stanford outscored ASU 32-12 the rest of the first period, and the game might as well have ended at halftime with the Cardinal sporting a commanding 43-22 edge. In the second half, the Devils couldn't manage to get closer than 18 points, and Stanford used a 12-2 run around the middle of the second half en route to a 66-36 advantage with 7:34 left in the game. The two teams traded baskets until the final buzzer sounded, as ASU suffers its worst defeat of the 2003-04 season.

Diogu led his team with 14 points and eight boards. Jamal Hill was the only other Devil in double figures with 11. For only the third time in history ASU was perfect from the line. However, 6-6 is hardly a statistic to brag about. The Devils lost the battle of the boards 38-32, and had only seven assists in the game to the Cardinal's 20. Rob Little led Stanford with 17 points.

ASU will meet Cal on Saturday, who's coming over an upset win against Arizona. Could that increase the Devils' chances of winning? In the current state of this basketball team it seems almost immaterial whom they play or whether they're catching a team who may be spent after a very emotional victory. Such is life at the conference cellar…

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