Shooting Woes Hamper Sun Devils vs. Cardinal

March 5, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Landry Fields scored 20 points and Stanford defeated No. 21 Arizona State 74-64 on Thursday night, the Sun Devils' third straight loss.

Anthony Goods scored 15 points, Lawrence Hill added 13 and Kenny Brown had 12 for the Cardinal (17-11, 6-11 Pac-10), who avenged a 30-point loss to Arizona State in January. Stanford won for the first time in eight conference road games.

James Harden scored 22 points and Jeff Pendergraph had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Sun Devils (21-8, 10-7), who shot 36 percent from the field.

Arizona State had trouble shaking last week's overtime losses at Washington and Washington State, which knocked the Sun Devils out of contention for their first Pac-10 title.

Fueled by rare sellout crowds, the Sun Devils had played with emotion in victories over UCLA and Arizona, but they were listless in front of a relatively sparse gathering for Stanford.

In the first 8 minutes, Arizona State went 0-for-6 from the field with five turnovers. The Sun Devils' first basket came with 11:50 to play in the first half, when Harden split two defenders and scored in the lane.

Stanford's biggest lead was 22-11 with 6:39 to go in the half.

The Sun Devils had more turnovers (8) than field goals (7) in the first half but managed to trim the deficit to 32-26 at halftime.

ASU came out of the dressing room cold. The Cardinal scored the first eight points of the second half to take a 40-26 lead with 15:40 to play.

Stanford led 44-30 when the Sun Devils went on a 7-0 run sparked by a 3-pointer by Rihards Kuksiks, who had missed his first seven shots.

But the Cardinal weathered the storm. Fields had two baskets to push the lead back to 11, and Kenny Brown's 3-pointer from the right wing made it 61-47 with 3:49 to play.

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