Sun Devils Still Winless in Pac-10

Even the most optimistic ASU fan wearing their maroon and gold colored glasses, won't be able to see the light at the end of this tunnel. The general consensus among the Sun Devils faithful was that a split on the Oregon road swing was essential for ASU to keep its extremely slim NCAA tournament aspirations alive. Losing to Oregon State Beavers 62-57 today, not only shot down those hopes, but also may have crushed the optimism for a successful turnaround for this young and dismal season.

Unlike the Oregon game, the first half wasn't even close with ASU trailing 38-28. It was a half where only four players scored, and they didn't include pivotal players on offense such as Tommie Smith and Awvee Storey (who's been literally invisible for the last few games). The only common denominator between both games in evergreen state was ASU's inability to apply any defensive stops. On the other hand, while ASU was on fire offensively in its first conference game, it was stone cold today.

The first part of the second half involved trading baskets, and at the 11:25 mark the score was 42-32. Then ASU went on a 15-5 run behind the play of Curtis Mileage, which tied the score 47-47 with 7:58 left to play. Chad Prewitt's basket made it 49-47 at the 7:14 mark. The Beavers came back and led 52-49 with 5:02 left in the game. ASU couldn't capitalize on its offensive possessions, but still were able to keep the score close at 54-53 at the 1:29 mark. ASU has to resort to fouling in order to stop the clock, but the home team didn't falter and took care of business from the charity stripe, en route to a 62-57 Oregon State win.

Prewitt and Mileage turned in another fine game, scoring 18 and 13 points respectively. Kenny Crandall chipped in with ten points. With 36.7% shooting from the field and allowing Oregon State to shoot 48.8%, it is remarkable that ASU was able to keep the game close at all. Next for the Devils are the last non-conference games, which will be part of their holiday tournament. The first game will pit them against Canisius, and a second game against either Northwestern or Louisiana Lafayette.

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