Washington Upends No. 24 Arizona St.
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.
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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