Devils Swept on Washington Road Trip

Both 20th ranked Washington and ASU came into Saturday's game 0-3 in Pac-10 play. The record was an unpleasant surprise for the Huskies, and probably expected for the Sun Devils. Tonight in Seattle, it was the home team who got finally got off the snide, as the maroon and gold fell 64-53.

Arizona State (6-9, 1-3) actually led the game for nearly the first eight minutes. Derek Glasser's basket gave the Sun Devils a 12-10 edge at the 12:05 mark. Washington (11-4, 1-3) fought back but all they could do is trade the lead back and forth with the visitors from Tempe. A Glasser three-pointer gave the Devils 24-23 lead with 4:15 minutes remaining in the half, but that was also the last time ASU was ahead. The maroon and gold scored only four points until halftime, as the Huskies enjoyed 31-28 lead at the break.

The final score may be deceiving, as ASU didn't allow the home team to distance themselves until much later in the contest. Antwi Atuahene's long-range bucket at the 10:39 mark cut the Washington edge to 43-40. Alas, that was as close as Herb Sendek's team would come to re-claiming the lead. Ryan Appleby's back-to-back three-point baskets awarded the Huskies with a 56-46 lead with 2:31 remaining in the contest, and the home team cruised from there en route to their first league victory.

Once again, Jeff Pendergraph paced ASU in scoring. The sophomore had 18 points and a team-high in rebounds with eight. Glasser (13) and Atuahene (10) were the only other ASU players in double-digit scoring. The Sun Devils struggled from the field shooting just 34.7% and committed 15 turnovers. They did fair much better than recent games from the free throw line, converting 14 out of 18 for 77.8%. Appleby led all Washington scorers with 20.

Things won't get easier for ASU, as their next contest is a home game against Oregon. The Ducks experienced their first loss of the season last Thursday to USC, but came back for an upset victory over top-ranked UCLA, delivering the Bruins' first defeat in 2006-07 campaign. Nonetheless, if the Sun Devils were to notch their first Pac-10 victory, what better way to achieve it than against a Top 25 squad?

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