Cardinal Slip by Devils

For a while there, it seemed like the Sun Devils would be able to salvage the home series against the bay area schools. After all, they were able to seemingly overcome an injury to their leading scorer Jeff Pendergraph who was sidelined since the later moments of the first half. With ten minutes left in the contest ASU led by eight points, but wasn't able to withstand Stanford's comeback and went down 70-64.

Arizona State (7-10, 1-7) had the edge for a good share of the first half. Pendergraph scored 14 points on 7-8 shooting during his ten minutes of play, while limiting Stanford's (8-7, 4-3) Matt Haryasz to 1-7 performance from the field. The Sun Devils were up 11-4 at the 16:12 mark, but the Cardinal made sure that the margin wouldn't grow from there on. With 2:54 left the visitors grabbed the lead for the first time, 28-27 and held a 35-33 edge at halftime.

In contrast to earlier games this season, ASU had a strong start to the second half. They reclaimed the lead and at the 10:25 mark of the second stanza were up 51-43. The home team went cold then, not scoring a field goal for the next seven minutes, but when they did Kevin Kruger tied the game at 60-60 with 3:23 left in the contest. Down 66-64 with 42 seconds left, the Sun Devils were on offense looking to possibly force overtime. Serge Angounou was able to corral the offensive rebound off of Kruger's miss, but did so off-balance rolling on the court and being called for traveling. The Cardinal made four consecutive free throws the rest of the way and secured the road win.

Kruger scored 13 points, and Antwi Atuahene had 11 and along with the aforementioned Pendergraph were the only Sun Devils in double figures. In his first career start Sylvester Seay paced his team with seven boards. The maroon and gold were 44.4% from the field, which was better than the Cardinal's 41.5%. They did however lose the rebound battle 35-30, giving up 14 offensive rebounds. Haryasz had a career high 27 points and was the high man on both teams with ten rebounds. The overwhelming majority of his points came with Pendergraph being sidelined.

"I thought the kids played with a lot of heart," said ASU Head Coach Rob Evans, "coming off the loss to Cal the other night. I thought they played with a lot of passion and that's what we look for in every basketball game. I thought we played well enough to win the basketball game tonight. We didn't get the breaks at the right time when the game was in the balance." Evans added that he doesn't know the extent of Pendergraph's injury or his availability for the next game.

Up next for ASU is a home contest against archrival Arizona on Wednesday at 7:30.

Sun Devil Source Top Stories