Cats Down Devils

The writing was on the wall when ASU scored only five points in the first ten minutes of the game. No one expected the visitors from Tempe to stage a comeback, and unfortunately for the Sun Devils the game played itself according to that script. The Wildcats dominated their archrival all day long, as they swept the season series with a 68-47 victory.

Arizona started the onslaught early and enjoyed a ten point lead, 12-2 within the first eight minutes of the contest. Consequently, Arizona State was never able to bring that margin down to single digits. With five minutes left the hosts increased to the lead to 20 points, 27-7, and went down to the locker room at halftime with a 38-13 edge.

The Devils had their best run on the afternoon, 12-2, in the first five minutes of the second stanza and trailed 40-25 at that point. However, just three minutes later the margin crept up again to over 20 points, 48-27, and a virtual even exchange of baskets ensued from that point on until the final buzzer.

Bryson Kruger paced the Sun Devils for the second game in a row, as he poured in 14 points which was tied with Arizona's Ivan Radenovic for the game-high. Jeff Pendergraph was the only other ASU player in double figures with 10, and he led all players on the floor with 12 rebounds. Ironically, in such a one-sided contest ASU tied Arizona in rebounds with 40 and their 36% shooting from the field was slightly worse than Arizona's 40%. On the other hand, the 26 turnovers committed by the Sun Devils, 16 of them steals by the home team, is probably the most telling stat of the game.

ASU will close out the regular season with a home series against the Washington schools, as they meet the University of Washington at 7PM on Thursday.

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