Second Half Shooting Woes Doom Devils in Loss

It was a bad case of déjà vu for the Arizona State basketball team. Just like the Washington game on Thursday night, they were able to keep matters close against Washington State up in Pullman in the first half. However, shooting 32% from the field in the second stanza didn't help their cause, as they ultimately dropped their second Pac-10 game in a row 64-49 and were swept on their road trip to the evergreen state.

The Cougars (8-3, 1-1) enjoyed their biggest first half lead 16-9 at the 10:16 mark. The Sun Devils (6-5, 0-2) were able to capture the lead with 6:38 left in the first half. In the next few minutes the home team was able to reclaim the lead, and create a slight separation as they entered halftime with a 31-27 edge.

The second half started on a strong note for Washington State as they enjoyed a 41-31 lead at the 14:17 mark. Arizona State was always just an arm's length away and trailed only 48-47 with 5:21 left in the contest. Nonetheless, not only were the maroon and gold never able to capture the lead, but they were outscored 16-2 the rest of the way which sealed the game's faith.

Kevin Kruger was the only offensive threat on the Sun Devils' side, and paced all players on the floor with 23 points, including 5-10 from beyond the arc. No other ASU player was in double figures. Chad Goldstein came the closest to achieving that feat with seven points. He also had a team-high four rebounds. The Sun Devils shot 35.3% for the game and lost the rebound battle 31-28. Kyle Weaver led the Cougars with 15 points.

The Sun Devils begin Pac-10 play at home next week as they host the Los Angeles schools, starting with USC on Thursday to be followed by UCLA on Saturday.

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