Washington drops first conference game at Arizona State

  • Washington drops first conference game at Arizona State

Washington drops first conference game at Arizona State

Washington State (10-14, 3-8) had lost 11 of 12 games before traveling to the state of Arizona this week.

Washington (19-5, 10-1) clicked on all cylinders in a win against Arizona on Thursday, but sputtered through most of the road trip's second game. ". We literally fed off our opponents' crowds to get our game to another level".

"We don't have a lot of confidence right now", Wildcats coach Sean Miller said. We tried to focus on not shooting outside shots and just trying to go inside and beat them in the paint.

After a crushing 91-70 loss to the Washington State Cougars Thursday night, the ASU men's basketball team responded with a dominant 75-63 victory over the conference-leading Huskies. "Just hats off to my teammates and my coaches, just believing in what we can do, playing hard and buying in, and anything is possible".

"We were really just taking our time and feeding the inside", White said. That being said, Hurley should have this team motivated and this game is the best chance for Washington to drop one in league play. Franks almost finished with more points than the Wildcats in the first half.

With Cheatham dishing, it led to a cavalcade of dunks for the Sun Devils, who finished with eight dunks - three from Romello White (17 points), three from Cheatham and one each from Luguentz Dort (15 points) and De'Quon Lake.

With a pair of free throws from senior guard Justin Coleman, Arizona reduced WSU's lead to single digits once again.

The Cougars look to keep their two-game winning streak alive when they return home to host rival University of Washington 5 p.m. next Saturday in Beasley Coliseum.

Washington State scored the first seven points of the game as Arizona missed its first seven shots.

Franks almost outscored Arizona in the first half, scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, including 6 of 8 from 3-point range.

Senior guard David Crisp was second in scoring with 17, despite it being his second worst night of shooting in conference play.

Washington managed to find some energy during a 10-0 run to cut an 18-point lead to seven with about six minutes, but couldn't make it all the way back.

He netted a 3, then scored from inside, to give the Cougars their biggest lead, 47-31, with 13:03 to play. He's been this team's top scorer and/or rebounder in half of their Pac-12 games. Teammate Brandon Randolph was 1-for-6 shooting. Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke also talked at halftime to discuss his support of the program.

Heeke, speaking to reporters at halftime, wouldn't talk about the Phelps case or any other issues related to a possible NCAA investigation. "Those things that have been said to the contrary to that are not true".

The Huskies have a relatively light week considering their next game is Saturday at Washington Sate.