Cougars Can't Contain Sun Devils, Fall 71-46

Jan. 10, 2010

Final Stats

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Ty Abbott scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and added four assists and Arizona State held Washington State to its lowest point total of the season in beating the Cougars 71-46 Sunday in Pac-10 play.

The Sun Devils (12-5, 2-2) held Pac-10 leading scorer Klay Thompson to nine points, well under his average of 23.9 points a game. He also had eight rebounds. No Cougars finished in double figures.

Reggie Moore and Marcus Capers each added eight points for Washington State (12-4, 2-2), who had won six of its last seven games. The Cougars' previous scoring low this season was in their 65-60 win over Oregon State on Jan. 2.

Eric Boateng added 11 points and nine rebounds while Trent Lockett had 12 points for Arizona State, which swept the Washington schools at home for the first time since 2003.

Arizona State led by eight at the break but opened the second half on an 8-2 run - including a pair of baskets by Abbott - to open up a 41-27 lead and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

The Sun Devils held Washington State to 29.8 percent shooting, its worst shooting game of the year. It was the 12th time in 17 games that an Arizona State opponent has shot under 40 percent.

The Sun Devils went on a 16-0 run after falling behind 7-1 early, using a stepped-up defense to force five straight Cougar misses and three turnovers.

Abbott hit two 3-pointers to give the Sun Devils a 29-14 lead with 6:43 left in the first half but Thompson and Nikola Koprivica made jumpers to help get Washington State within 33-25 at the break.

Thompson had limited success in the first half after picking up two fouls in the first eight minutes and didn't return until the 6:15 mark. He had seven points and four rebounds in the first half.

Thompson then missed his first two shots and turned the ball over in the first four minutes of the second half and never got on track, shooting 3-of-11 from the field, including 1-of-5 from outside the arc. The conference's best 3-point shooting team at 40.2 percent was held to 2-of-13 on Sunday.

Arizona State was coming off an unexpected 17-point win over No. 24 Washington on Friday and missed its first four shots, falling behind 7-1 in the first three minutes, 25 seconds of the game on Sunday.

Washington State had won the last six meetings with Arizona State, dating back to the last Sun Devils' win, in Tempe, on March 4, 2006.

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