Devils humbled by Huskies

What a difference 48 hours make. On Thursday, thanks to their staunch defense and deft offense, ASU was able to win at Washington State for the first time since 2003 and tie for first place in the conference. Fast forward to Saturday and those two traits were nowhere to be found as Washington dominated the visitors from tip-off to final buzzer and routed the Sun Devils 79-56.

The writing was already on the wall in the first few minutes of the game. Arizona State (16-8, 6-5 Pac-10) scored just two field goals in the first 13 minutes, as Washington (16-7, 6-5) led 25-6 at the 8:30 mark. Demetrius Walker came off the bench to score eight points of his team leading 14 points in the first half. He helped tighten up the Sun Devil offense, and keep matters, relatively speaking, under control as the hosts led 42-25 at the half.

The second stanza saw ASU trade baskets with the Huskies for the first ten minutes, but scored just four field goals the rest of the way. Washington led by 20 plus points for most of the last quarter of the contest as they coasted to victory and avenged 68-51 route in Tempe last month.

Ty Abbot was the only other ASU player in double figure scoring with 10. was the only other ASU player in double figure scoring with 10. Eric Boateng has a team-high seven rebounds to along with his nine points. The Sun Devils were a respectable 7-18 beyond the arc, but struggled at the charity stripe converting just 9 of 20. Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas had 17 each for the Huskies.

Even though ASU earned a split on their two road games in the evergreen state, it is little solace after a resounding defeat tonight in Seattle. The maroon and gold will look to bounce back with a pair of games at home, starting with Oregon State on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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