Devils Drop Another Close Game

Time will tell if the game against Oregon State on the road was ASU's last chance to win their first conference game this season. One thing is however for certain, and that is that the Sun Devils do have problems winning close games, as evident in their 59-55 loss in Corvallis.

Arizona State (6-18, 0-13) didn't allow Oregon State (10-16, 2-11) to open a sizeable lead for most of the afternoon. The Beavers jumped to a quick 6-0 lead, but the visitors from Tempe kept matters close and jumped to their first lead, 10-8, at the 12:25 mark of the first half. The home team outscored the Sun Devils 24-13 to jump to their largest lead of the game, 32-23, with 1:17 left in the half. ASU answered with a quick 6-0 run until halftime, and trailed just 32-29 at that point.

The Sun Devils, as they did in recent games, had a good start to the second half. Two Jeff Pendergraph free throws helped his team reclaim the lead, 39-38 at the 15:31 mark. The lead switched hands quite frequently (six times overall in the second half) until Oregon State's Wesley Washington reclaimed it for good, 51-50 with 7:26 left in the game. The Beavers managed just eight points the rest of the way, but it was still better than the Devils' five points (all coming from Christian Polk) that were scored during that time span. Polk's three-point basket with just under a minute left brought ASU within one point, but that's as close as they would get to break their now 14-game losing streak.

Two players scored in double figures for ASU, Christian Polk with 12 and Allen Morill who chipped in with ten. Pendergraph missed on all his three field gold attempts, but was 8-10 from the line. He also led all players with 12 rebounds. The Sun Devils had one of their better shooting games at 42.9%, including 6-16 from beyond the arc. The Beavers' Sasa Cuic paced all players with 22 points.

ASU's next match-up is a home date with UCLA on Thursday at 6:30.

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