Things seemed to be going the way of the home team in the opening stanza. In just over a span of a minute, USC (15-7, 6-5) drilled in three consecutive three-point baskets, and at the 9:58 mark their margin over ASU (8-12, 2-9) was 20-12. With 7:32 left in the half, the Trojans were up 25-19, and then their collapse began. The visitors from Tempe went on a stunning 21-4 run and enjoyed a comfortable 40-29 lead at halftime.
Three minutes into the second half USC cut down the margin to 40-36, but this never fazed ASU. The Sun Devils stood toe-to-toe with their hosts, and at the 4:39 mark of the second half led 60-51. Both teams went cold for the next three and half minutes, when another barrage of long range baskets hit ASU. In the last 43 seconds of the contest, USC converted four three-point attempts, but the Devils made 8 out of 12 free throws during the same time period which was enough to capture their second conference win, which just like the first one was recorded on the road.
Four out the five ASU starters were in double figures, and were paced by Jeff Pendergraph who had 15 points. Kevin Kruger had 14, while Sylvester Seay and Serge Angounou chipped in with 11 points each. Angounou also had a game-high 11 rebounds. Once again, Bryson Kruger provided a spark from the bench and was the fifth Sun Devil player in double figures with ten. ASU shot an even 50% from the field, and had a commanding 35-20 edge on the glass, including 12 offensive boards. USC was led by Gabriel Pruitt's 22 points.
The Sun Devils return home on Thursday to face Oregon State. Tip-off is at 7PM.
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