No. 24 ASU Stumbles Against Washington
Jan. 24, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Jon Brockman had 21 points and 16 rebounds and Washington handed No. 24 Arizona State its first home loss of the season, 72-61 on Thursday night.
The Huskies beat the Sun Devils for the 11th consecutive time, the longest such streak in the Pac-10.
Arizona State (14-4, 4-2) shot under 30 percent most of the game and wound up at 32 percent (17-for-53), including 5-for-24 from 3-point range.
Freshman standout James Harden, playing despite a strained right groin, scored 17 points for Arizona State but had only four in the second half. He twice missed the front end of a 1-and-1 down the stretch, once with his team down 53-47 and again when the Sun Devils trailed 57-50.
After the second miss, Ryan Appleby made a 3-pointer to give the Huskies (12-7, 3-3) a 60-50 lead with 3:41 to play.
Washington shot 39 percent (22-for-57) but was 9-of-22 on 3s.
Quincy Pondexter added 12 points and Tim Morris had 11 in the Huskies' third straight victory.
Jamelle McMillan, another Arizona State freshman, scored 11 points.
On Saturday, the Sun Devils, 11-1 at home, host No. 6 Washington State, a 76-64 loser at Arizona on Thursday night.
Washington led 32-30 at halftime after Arizona State took an early nine-point lead.
The Huskies shot 34 percent from the field in the half but were 6-of-13 on 3-pointers.
The Sun Devils were even worse from the field in the first 20 minutes, shooting 30 percent (8-for-27) including 1-of-10 on 3s. Arizona State didn't have a field goal over the last 8:13 of the first half but stayed in it by going 8-for-8 from the foul line.
Harden scored 13 points in the first half on 4-of-9 shooting but was just 1-for-3 in the second half.
Arizona State took a 24-15 lead with an 11-2 run capped by Ty Abbott's two free throws with 7:43 left, but Joel Smith hit two 3-pointers to ignite a 12-0 surge that put Washington up 27-24 with 3:19 to go.
The Sun Devils regained the lead at 30-28 when Eric Boating made two free throws, then Morris' 3 with 1:10 to go gave the Huskies their two-point halftime lead.
Washington built the lead to 48-40 on Pondexter's three-point play with 11:44 remaining. Arizona State cut the lead to three points three times, but after Harden missed the first 1-and-1, Brockman's three-point play put the Huskies ahead 56-47 with 7 minutes left.
Harden's participation was a game-time decision after the freshman standout injured his right groin in last Saturday's loss at Stanford.
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