Bears Overwhelm Devils

Following their first Pac-10 win last Saturday, it was only natural to presume that ASU had a little bounce in their step coming into Thursday's game. As they quickly built a double digit lead in the first half, that theory seemed to start validating itself. Alas, the visitors from Berkley had other ideas for their fate. Not only did they overtake the lead to close the first half, but they outscored the home team by 24 points in the last twenty minutes en route to a 88-58 victory.

Sylvester Seay, who had a career high 13 points, drained a three pointer to award Arizona State (7-9, 1-6) a 16-5 edge at the 13:49 mark of the first half. Ayinde Ubaka made his own long range basket to give Cal (10-5, 4-2) its first lead of the contest 19-18 with 8:58 left in the half. The Sun Devils were able to stay close for the next few minutes but the Golden Bears made a little push at the end as they led at halftime 36-30.

The second stanza began with Cal pouring in basket after basket, and ultimately the contest was decided in the first few minutes of the period. In just under three minutes, the Bears outscored the Sun Devils 14-2 and enjoyed a 50-32 lead at the 17:08 mark. The home team didn't cave in, and with 6:23 remaining in the contest ASU was only trailing 64-56. However, from that point on it was utter domination by the Bears who went on a scorching 24-2 run to end the game.

Kevin Kruger paced the Sun Devils with 18, and Seay was the only other maroon and gold player in double digits with 13. Antwi Atuahene led all players on the floor with eight assists. ASU was dominated on the boards 42-30, and shot only 35.7% for the game. Ubaka led all players with 24 points, while Leon Powe had 20 points and ten rebounds.

"This was one of those games, that I certainly didn't see coming," said ASU Head Coach Rob Evans following the loss. "We had really good workouts (following their win over Oregon State). From my personal observation, our defense was non-existent. Every breakdown defensively that we could have, we had tonight. The worst thing that could have happened to us was getting that lead, because we stopped guarding. They moved the ball on us where they wanted to and that's unacceptable."

Next for the Devils is a home contest against Stanford on Saturday at 6:30.

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