Devils fall short in Provo

Arizona State knew that winning their first road game of the season, in a venue where the hosts have won 65 of the last 68 games would be a daunting task. For long stretches of tonight's contest BYU did look invincible and ultimately held off a strong Sun Devil rally to prevail 81-68.

Arizona State (6-3) hung in with BYU (7-1) for the first ten minutes of the contest, as the game was tied at 12-12 at the 12:27 mark. The Cougars held the visitors scoreless for the next five minutes and allowed just 11 more points the rest of the period, as they stormed to a commanding 39-23 halftime lead.

As the second stanza opened, the maroon and gold weren't able to halt the BYU attack, and the lead mushroomed to 48-28 in less than three minutes of play. The ASU bench, namely Taylor Rohde and Demetrius Walker, help cut that lead into half in just a few minutes. Derek Glasser's two free throws made it a 64-60 game with 4:44 left to play.

Alas, that was the wakeup call BYU needed to fight back and outscore their opponent 17-8 the rest of the game en route to a comfortable victory.

Glasser led all players on the floor with 22 points, and had five of his team's eight assists. Rihards Kuksiks was the only other Sun Devil in double figures with 13 and 4-8 from three-point range. ASU had respectable shooting numbers converting 43.8 percent from the field and 40 percent beyond the arc. However, they met a disciplined BYU team that turned over the ball just six times and had a 34-28 rebounding advantage.

Tyler Haws posted 17 points and 11 rebounds for BYU, and Jackson Emery also contributed 17, including five three-pointers.

Next for ASU is a home game against Delaware State on Saturday. Tip-off is at 2:00 pm.

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