Devils Still Winless On The Road

In this erratic Basketball 2001-02 season, there have been two constants concerning Arizona State. One is that Chad Prewitt still continues to carry this team on his back. The other, not enough Sun Devil players are there to help Prewitt out every game. That in a nutshell was the story of the Devils' loss to the Washington Huskies 81-68. The loss dropped ASU to 9-5, 2-3 in Pac-10 play.

The Sun Devils, who are winless on the road since Feb. 4th of last year, never led in this game. From the opening tip-off, the visitors from Tempe looked outmatched against a Husky team that was seeking its first conference win. ASU didn't score a field goal in the first five minutes of the game, which set the tone for the rest of the game. The closest the Devils came to evening the score in the second half, was four points. Then, another untimely missed opportunity at the free throw line, prevented ASU from truly threatening Washington's lead.

As mentioned, Prewitt was once gain the leading scorer for ASU with 24 points, to go along with eight boards. Tommie Smith recorded the same number of boards. However, his horrendous 2-11 field goal shooting, and an abysmal 0-6 from the free throw line, kept his contributions to a minimum. Other ASU players in double figures were Curtis Millage with 15 points, and Kyle Dodd with ten. Awvee Storey was the leading rebounder in the game with nine, but didn't do much on offense scoring two points on 1-6 shooting. The Devils' 32.4% field goal shooting and a 53.1% free throw shooting are probably the most telling stats of the game. The Sun Devils could never cool off the Huskies' hot shooting from the field. Washington shot 60% from the field, and took care of its own from the charity stripe with 78% shooting. Wasted in the loss, was ASU's 38-30 rebound advantage, as well as the 25 forced turnovers.

This game against Washington, who was winless until tonight in the Pac-10, was a golden opportunity to capitalize on the four-game winning streak and the momentum that Rob Evans' squad was enjoying. The loss to Washington further echoes the fact that this ASU Basketball team is vastly underachieving this season. A win against Washington State on Saturday could salvage the Sun Devils from another disastrous road trip. However, with poor displays such as this, you wonder if ASU could ever turn around this greatly disappointing season.

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