Hapless Devils Handled by Cardinal

After suffering consecutive losses on the road the Arizona State Sun Devils had to have been figuring they would get back on track playing at home against a team that has a struggled all year, especially on the road, and one they beat by thirty earlier in the year in Stanford. The outcome was nothing that anybody expected, as ASU loses 74-64.

The Sun Devils put the first point of the game on the board to take a 1-0 lead 2:40 in. It was the only lead the team would possess all game and head coach Herb Sendek quickly found his team down ten a little more than halfway through the first.

"I thought the whole building had a lack of energy," Sendek said. "It certainly was focused on us on the court. I don't think we played well in any category. I thought we struggled to score; we struggled to make shots…even the most open shots of the night seemingly hit the rim and clanked out for us.

"To what degree we allow that to spill over onto the defensive end is a good question."

Stanford guards Landry Fields and Anthony Good were effective early combining for sixteen points and four steals. The Cardinal also took advantage of a deep bench that totaled ten points in the opening stanza.

In stark contrast, the Sun Devils received zero points from their bench in the first and relied heavily on guard James Harden's offensive ability to score points. The half ended in a six point, 32-26, lead for Stanford.

As the second half started, the Cardinal only further distanced themselves from the Sun Devils. Their lead expanded to fourteen in less than five minutes and the game was starting to look like it could be a blowout.

On the strength of a few three pointers and some free throws Arizona State was able to cut the lead in half. Once again it appeared the tide of the game had changed and momentum was now in the hands of Arizona State.

The jolt was only temporary as the Cardinal offense caught fire and increased their lead to double digits. Stanford shot a gaudy 58 percent in the second half and their potent offense kept the Sun Devils at bay for the remainder of the game.

The win was Stanford's sixth this year in conference and for the Devils it was their third straight conference loss. Arizona State will look to bounce back on Saturday afternoon for senior day against Cal.


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