Huskies Humble Sun Devils

Inconsistent shooting and surprisingly soft defense sealed the Sun Devils' fate in their second consecutive home loss to a school from Washington, an 84-71 loss to the Huskies.

Saturday's afternoon game with the Washington Huskies started off well for the Sun Devils. Senior center Jeff Pendergraph scored on an easy dunk for the first two points of the game and Arizona State led by five two and a half minutes in.

After the quick start, not much went the maroon and gold's way. Over the next seven minutes Washington went on a 19-5 run lead putting the road team up 21-12 with ten minutes left in the first half.

Washington guard Justin Dentmon starred scoring eighteen of his thirty points including four three pointers in the first half. Dentmon's stellar game was supplemented by a twenty five point performance from freshman Isaiah Thomas. The two guards tormented the Sun Devil defenders all game and made a habit of making if to the foul line.

"I thought the two Washington guards, Thomas and Dentmon, really controlled the game today. We didn't have a good answer for them off the bounce or behind the arc. Those guys really had us tied up." Said Sun Devil head coach Herb Sendek.

Conversely, James Harden, the Sun Devils' All-American shooting guard was held in check and did not register a point until 3:21 left in the first half. The big lefty finished the game without a made three pointer and contributed only fifteen points, seven less than his season average.

The Sun Devils were resilient in the second half. Although the Huskies led comfortably most of this stanza Arizona State picked up their pace of play and were able to get the game within six points with two minutes left.

The effort to get the game close was for naught. Washington once again distanced themselves from the maroon and gold and held on to win in Tempe, 84-71

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