Devils Fall to Archrival on the Road

On Wednesday night in Tucson, one Pac-10 losing streak was going to come to an end. Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, they are still looking for their inaugural league victory this season, following a 71-47 loss to the Wildcats.

Arizona State (6-14, 0-9) found themselves in an 8-0 hole, and scored their first field goal only at the 15:46 mark. Luckily for the visitors, Arizona (14-5, 5-4) had its own struggles on offense to start the game, and without suspended leading scorer Marcus Williams weren't able to significantly increase the margin for most of the first half. A three-point basket by Derek Glasser gave ASU its only lead of the night, 18-17, with 7:21 left in the game. The rest of that period was all Wildcats, as they outscored the maroon and gold 20-8 to end the first half with a 37-26 lead.

Things would only get worse in the second half. A rare three-point basket by Steve Jones brought down ASU's deficit to 42-34 at the 16:53 mark. That would also mark the last time that the Sun Devils trailed by single digits in this contest. ASU was scoreless for the next 5:35 and was able to score just two field goals in the last ten minutes of the game.

Christian Polk paced ASU with 11 points, with nine of them coming behind the arc. Serge Angounou was the only other Sun Devil player in double figures with ten. The senior also tied a team-high with six rebounds. The visitors from Tempe shot just 34.7% from the field, but were ironically a respectable 36% (9-25) from three-point range. ASU committed just nine turnovers but was out rebounded 33-21. Arizona's Chase Budinger led all players on the floor with 21 points.

Herb Sendek's team is off until Thursday of next week, when they host Washington at the Wells Fargo Arena.

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