It seemed inevitable that Cal would mount a surge in the second half, and unfortunately for ASU that script came to fruition.
The Sun Devils trailed for literally the entire period, but following a Jamelle McMillan three pointer at the 10:36 mark, were behind by just a basket, 44-42. Jorge Gutierrez, another bench player who stood out in today's game, propelled the hosts to a 9-0 run, which effectively sealed the game's fate.
ASU scored just four points in the last 11 minutes of the contest, two of them coming with just 36 seconds left in the game. The Sun Devils finished the afternoon just 39.6 percent from the field, 3-22 behind the arc. Even from the charity stripe they were frigid converting just 1 of 6. They were led by Jerren Shipp's 14 points. Eric Boateng had 10 rebounds for ASU who tied Cal with 30 caroms apiece.
Needless to say that if the maroon and gold have any chance to be invited to the NCAA tournament that they cannot afford any losses in their next few games. ASU returns home to wrap up the regular season hosting the Los Angeles schools, starting with a 6:30 p.m. tip-off on Thursday versus USC.