The game was a grinder as both teams played tough defense and struggled to get into any rhythm on the offensive end. With the visitors sitting in a zone, Ryan Appleby stepped up and carried the offensive load for the Huskies, connecting for 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including 6 of 8 from three-point range. The sophomore guard from Stanwood has been playing better and better as the season wears on, and he and freshman Adrian Oliver appear to have the two starting guard spots locked down now.
Washington also got a double-double from Jon Brockman, 16 points and 10 boards, as well as 9 points and 7 boards from Spencer Hawes.
Arizona State was led by 18 points and 8 boards from Jeff Pendergraph and 13 points from Derek Glasser.
1st half: Washington came out with the same starting lineup they had on Thursday, but they did not get off to the same blazing start. They turned the ball over early on, but adjusted and got their butterfingers under control.
Arizona State came out shooting well early, jumping out to an early lead. Derek Glasser had 7 early points to fuel the Sun Devil attack. After a Lorenzo Romar time out, the Huskies tightened up their defense a bit. The adjustments allowed the Dawgs to cut into the deficit slowly.
Still, the initial flow of the game was, well, flowless. ASU wanted to slow down the Husky offensive attack, and did it by jamming the inside and forcing Hawes and Brockman to wade through the trees for any good looks. They collapsed a zone around the paint and it created a log jam. Hawes hit four of nine shots for nine points.
Facing the zone, Ryan Appleby was the main threat, and the chief catalyst for the Huskies answered with 11 points, connecting on three of four from beyond the arc.
It was ugly but the Dawgs gutted it out to go ahead 31-28 at the break. It was a far cry from Thursday's game, which had 40 more points at the halfway point.
Arizona State got 12 points and three rebounds from Jeff Pendergraph. Both teams turned it over 8 times while the Huskies held a 17-12 rebounding advantage, including 8 on the offensive end.
2nd half: Washington attempted to move out to bigger leads, but ASU would never let them get too far away. Twice Washington moved the lead out to six, on three-pointers from Appleby and Adrian Oliver, but each time the Sun Devils would answer.
Two Oliver free throws at the 8:36 mark put the Huskies up by seven, their biggest of the lead at that point. Glasser answered when Quincy Pondexter fouled him in the act of shooting a three-pointer. He made two of them to keep it a five-point lead at the 8:00 media time out.
Three straight free throws by Jon Brockman gave the Dawgs some breathing room, 50-42. then Artem Wallace took a clear charge, but was somehow whistled for a blocking foul, allowing ASU to stay close with two free throws from Serge Agounou. After a Justin Dentmon turnover, ASU was within a lay-in to get it to a four-point game, but Agounou's shot rolled off and Brockman pulled down the rebound. The Huskies made no mistake this time as Appleby drained a 25 footer to push the Husky lead to nine and Herb Sendek called time out with 4:33 remaining.
Appleby's sixth three-pointer of the night gave the Huskies their first double-digit lead of the night, 56-46, and effectively ended the Sun Devil run.
Washington is now 1-3 in the Pac-10 and will next face Stanford on the first leg of their trip down to the Bay Area on Thursday. It is a 7:30 tip off and will be televised on Fox Sports Northwest.
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