ASU Edged By Cougars In Pac-10 Tilt
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Jeff Varem scored 17 points and Marcus Moore scoredall 12 of his points in the final 11 minutes to lead Washington State pastArizona State 63-56 Thursday night.
The Cougars (9-9, 3-5 Pacific-10) snapped a three-game losing streak, and afour-game losing streak against Arizona State (8-9, 2-6).
Ike Diogu led Arizona State with 13 points and five rebounds. Diogu went9-for-10 at the free-throw line, but made just 2 of 7 field-goal attempts.Shami Gill and Justin Bellegarde hounded Diogu on defense. Diogu notched his national-best 49th straight game in double digits.
The Sun Devils led most of the first half but also committed 13 turnoversand had to score the last five points to lead 26-23 at the half. An early 8-0run in the second half pushed WSU ahead to stay. Arizona State finished withboth a season-low 56 points and a season-high 24 turnovers. The 24 turnovers is the most since Dec. 29, 2001, when ASU had 25 vs. Canisius, a span of the past 68 games.
Washington State shot just 31 percent in the first half, but hit 52 percentin the second half and 40 percent for the game. Arizona State shot 44 percent.
ASU had season-lows in points (56), field goals made and attempted (16-of-36) and second-half points (30) and also matched a season-low with five assists.
Point guard Jason Braxton added 10 points, his fifth-straight game in double digits, and had a career-high six steals.