Another Disappointing Loss for ASU

What comes around goes around. Just over two years ago, ex-Sun Devil Eddie House scored a Pac-10 record 61 points to beat Cal. It was a super human effort that drew the admiration of the conference. Last night and 40 miles to the south of Berkley, ASU was on the receiving end of an outstanding individual performance. Stanford's Casey Jacobsen poured in 49 points, en route to a 90-81 Stanford win.

It was a game that ASU should have won. After all, under coach Rob Evans the Sun Devils are 24-3 when shooting better than 50% (ASU shot 52.5%) and 11-1 when leading at the half (ASU lead 44-39 midway through the game). The while ASU started the game slow, falling behind by as many as ten points, they rallied back to enjoy a five-point halftime lead. The Devils still lead in the opening minutes of the second half, but then the Casey Jacobson show really kicked into gear. It was the same old story in the foul department. ASU can't buy a break from the refs, even if they had all the gold in Ft. Knox. To no one's surprise, ASU was called for 33 fouls, as opposed to the 15 called on Stanford. Consequently, Tommie Smith, Awvee Storey and Jason Braxton all fouled out. On the other hand, no one on Stanford's team finished with more than 3 fouls. The free throw margin is even more ridiculous at 47-14. Jacobsen actually made more free throws (15) than ASU even attempted.

Chad Prewitt was again the leader for the Sun Devils with 18 points, which included a career-high five three-point baskets. Curtis Millage with 14, and Smith and Storey with 12 each, were the only Devils' in double figures. ASU took care of the ball for the most part with 13 turnovers, but only caused Stanford to turn it over ten times. ASU was out rebound 29-25.

After the win against Arizona, many wanted to know if Evans' squad was a one-hit wonder or a team that finally found its groove. Answering that question may be a little tricky, as ASU proved once again that he can more than hold its own against a nationally ranked Pac-10 team. Unfortunately, the Sun Devils proved once again that they couldn't close the deal against a quality opponent. With ASU winning only one road game this season, the match at Berkley on Saturday is likely to be another loss.

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