Sun Devils Drop Washington State, 81-71

Jan 12, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Curtis Millage had a career-high 24 points and TommySmith tied a season-high with 19 points and nine rebounds to lead Arizona Stateto an 81-71 victory over Washington State on Saturday.

The Sun Devils (10-5, 3-3 Pacific 10 Conference) used a 20-9 run in thefirst half to pull away from the Cougars (4-10, 0-6 Pac-10), whose losingstreak is now at eight games.

Marcus Moore led the Cougars with 23 points and was a school-record 16-of-16from the free throw line.

The Sun Devils held the Cougars to 35 percent shooting from the field and 25percent from the 3-point line.

The Cougars' free-throw shooting helped keep the game from turning into arout. Washington State was 27-of-30 from the line, and at one point held a 28-5advantage in free throw attempts.

But Arizona State's defense stymied the Cougars most of the afternoon,allowing just eight field goals in the first half and 12 in the second.

Arizona State shot 57 percent from the field in the second half and 54percent for the game.

Smith had 12 points and seven rebounds in the first half to go along withtwo blocked shots.

His presence in the paint limited the Cougars to mostly one-shot possessionsand helped the Sun Devils stretch a 12-10 lead to 32-17 in seven-minute periodin the first half.

The Cougars rallied early in the second half, cutting the Sun Devil lead to48-44 with 15:17 remaining.

But Millage converted a three-point play to give the Sun Devils a 51-44lead, and the Cougars never threatened again.

SUN DEVIL DATA: With its 54.4 percent effort from the field at Washington State on Saturday, ASU is 23-3 (.885) under Evans when it shoots at least 50 percent and 13-1 (.929) in the past two seasons...ASU has won nine of its past 12 after starting the season 1-2...Chad Prewitt is averaging 20.7 points and 7.9 rebounds in the past seven games. He also dealt seven assists at Washington State on Saturday, the most by a Sun Devil this year. Prewitt also has seven 20-point games on the year...ASU is 5-1 with freshman point guard Jason Braxton in the starting lineup...Kenny Crandall is 26-of-55 (.472) from the three-point stripe on the year...Kyle Dodd has 41 assists and just nine turnovers on the year. In the past seven games, he has 19 assists and just three turnovers (151 minutes). In his 76-game career, he has 176 assists and just 72 turnovers, a 2.44-to-1 ratio. He is averaging one turnover every 23.6 minutes (1699 minutes and 72 turnovers)...junior college transfer Curtis Millage had a career-high 24 points at Washington State Saturday. He is averaging 14.9 points in the past nine games...ASU is 10-1 (.909) this year when it leads at the half...no opponent has scored 100 points in Tempe since third-ranked Arizona on Feb. 27, 1988 (101-73), a streak of 227 games.

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