Road Woes Continue for ASU

Apparently someone forgot to tell the USC Trojans that they were suppose to overlook the Arizona State Sun Devils, as they prepare for their game against Arizona on Saturday. On the other hand, ASU didn't answer the challenge issued by their coach to play better on the road. It may not have been quite the St. Valentine's Day massacre, but the visitors from Tempe were virtually annihilated by the USC Trojans 83-61.

ASU held its own in the first few minutes of the game, but when it started turning over the ball and go ice cold from the field, they allowed USC to break away. The Trojans led 23-13 at the 7:52 mark, and increased its lead to 32-17 with 3:38 left in the first half. ASU blew several opportunities to really chip away at USC's lead, and the halftime score was 34-21. Point guard Jason Braxton, clearly the best player for the Devils tonight, helped his team close the gap to 34-27, with 17:25 left in the game. An explosion of threes by the home team ignited a 16-2 run, which put the game out of reach for good. The Trojans lead hovered around 20+ points, and when the final buzzer sounded it was 83-61 in favor of USC.

A 40-37 rebounding edge didn't help the Devils, who's 41% shooting paled in comparison to USC's 51%. Jason Braxton was the unlikely leading scorer for ASU, as well as the only Sun Devil to score in double digits with 12. However his 2-7 shooting from the charity stripe is an aspect of his game that has shown no improvement throughout the season. Chad Prewitt led his team in rebounds with 11, but the Trojans' suffocating defense limited him to five points.

Another road game, another bitter loss for ASU. With upcoming games at UCLA and at Arizona, it is likely that the Sun Devil won't taste road success for a while. The only chance for the Sun Devil to get to the NCAA tournament is to win the conference championship. Too bad the Sun Devils will have to play on the road again for that event…

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