Cougars Use 2nd Half Run to Beat Devils

Unlike many of their games this season, the maroon and gold enjoyed a fast start and a good shooting night from the field. Nonetheless, even that wasn't enough against Washington State in Pullman. The Sun Devils, still searching for their first Pac-10 win, fell 75-55 to the Cougars.

Arizona State (6-8, 0-3) was led by Jeff Pendergraph who poured in 16 points and was a perfect 8 for 8 from the field. He also had a game-high seven rebounds. Christian Polk was the only other Sun Devil in double figures with 13, but the freshman was scoreless in the second half. ASU shot 54.8% from the field, but went to the charity stripe just seven times and had 16 turnovers.

Washington State (13-2, 2-1) was paced by Robbie Cowgill who had 16. Derrick Low chipped in with 14 points and seven assists. Daven Harmeling with 13 and Caleb Forrest with 11 points completed a quartet of WSU players scoring in double digits. The Cougars had 22 points off turnovers and were 8-16 from beyond the arc.

Herb Sendek's squad kept matters close in the first half, and trailed just 37-33 after the first twenty minutes. A 9-0 run early in the second half put the Cougars lead for good in double digits, as they coasted to an easy home victory.

On Saturday ASU will finish their Washington trip in Seattle as they play the Huskies, who lost tonight to Arizona 96-87.

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