Cougars hand Devils its first home loss

In its last two wins, ASU was able to come subpar shooting with a stingy defense. On Thursday night when they were struggling to find the bottom of the net in the second half, they were also unable to stop the scoring by the visitors from Pullman, who won 65-55 in front of 10,745 in attendance at Wells Fargo Arena.

The first half saw Arizona State (16-4, 5-3 Pac-10) hold a lead, albeit slim, for most of the period. Back to back baskets by Jeff Pendergraph a 13-5 lead at the 11:49 mark. Washington State (12-8, 4-4) nearly erased that deficit with three straight baskets by Aron Baynes as the Cougars trailed 19-17 with 5:57 left in the half.

Bayne's 12 points in the period, along with Klay Thompson's 13 helped keep the minimal deficit in check, as ASU led 30-27 at the half, despite shooting 50 percent from the field.

Alas, Thompson was just warming up.

The freshman made five of his three pointers in the first ten minutes of the second stanza, as the visitors grabbed the lead for good, 44-43 with 9:47 left in the game.

The Sun Devils saw James Harden scores 13 of the team's 25 points in the second half, as the maroon and gold shot just 27.6 percent from the field in the last twenty minutes. The sophomore was the only ASU player in double figures with 26. Pendergraph led all players with ten rebounds.

Thompson led all players with 28, and Baynes chipped with 22. Taylor Rochestie scored all of his 11 points in the second half, and all three players accounted for all but four points scored by Washington State.

Up next for ASU is a Saturday afternoon affair with Washington. The Huskies are also in bad spirits tonight as they dropped a 106-97 decision in Tucson tonight. This upcoming contest may have lost a lot of its luster because of both team's defeats, but the significance of it has become that much more magnified .


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