Cougars Dropped By Arizona 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.

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