Devil earn precious road win

Another game, another torrid shooting propels ASU to victory. Ty Abbott's 18 points and 9 rebounds gave the Sun Devils their first win in Pullman since 2003, as the maroon and gold led for the last 26 plus minutes of the contest, prevailing over Washington State 81-70.

Arizona State (16-7, 6-4 Pac-10) broke a seesaw battle with two free throws by Derek Glasser at the 13:44 mark to grab a 12-11 advantage. The visitors shot 62.5 percent the first twenty minutes from the floor and posted a 40-26 halftime score. Washington State (14-8, 4-6) not only struggled from the field but also from the charity stripe, making 3-10 free throws in the first half.

The second stanza the Cougars shot at a 50 percent clip, but their inability to clamp down defensively on the Sun Devils ultimately sealed their fate. They trailed just 59-55 with 7:43 left, but Glasser and Abbott converted their foul shots in the waning moments to keep the game out of reach.

Glasser, who didn't start the game because of an ankle injury logged in 32 minutes and was 3-3 beyond the arc and scored 15 points. Eric Boateng had 13 points and eight rebounds, and Trent Lockett tallied 10 points in the victory. Klay Thompson as expected was the high-point man for Washington State with 20 points, but was only 6 of 20 from the floor, including 2 of 10 from three-point range.

ASU shout 56.5 percent for the game, made 7 of 17 three-point shots and was 22-27 at the line. The Sun Devils held a 33-30 edge on the glass and forced 17 turnovers.

The win puts ASU in a four-way tie for first place in the league with Arizona, Cal and UCLA. Next for the Sun Devils is a Saturday 8:30 p.m. affair in Seattle to face a Huskies team who is 15-1 on their home floor including a Thursday night 81-75 victory over Arizona.

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