Men's Hoops Falls Behind Early in Loss in Seattle
The Sun Devil men's basketball team got off to a slow start -- making two of the first eight shots and trailing Washington 17-7 five minutes in the game -- and never got closer than nine in an 87-64 defeat Thursday night in Seattle.
Thanks to DJ Horne, Jay Heath and Marreon Jackson all scoring a three apiece, ASU went on a 13-3 run to end the first half to come within 10 points of Washington at 42-32, but ASU shot just 26-of-66 (.394) for the game as Washington pushed the lead to 27 with just over eight minutes remaining.
The Huskies stayed strong in the second half of the game, shooting .538 (14-of-26) from the field, ending the night just above 48 percent. ASU cut the lead to 48-41 at the 17:47 mark, but the Huskies outscored ASU 31-11 over the next nine minutes to put the game away.
Kimani Lawrence (15 points and six rebounds) and Jalen Graham (14 points and eight rebounds) led the team shooting a combined 29 points, making a collective 13-of-23 from the field. The Sun Devils shooting struggles continued throughout the night, only connecting on 5-of-22 three-pointers (.227).
ASU stayed active on the defensive end of the ball recording three blocks, eight steals and creating 14 turnovers.
The Sun Devils look to bounce back as they will play at Washington State Saturday (Feb. 12) at 7 p. PT/8 p.m. MST on ESPNU.
After averaging 4.8 points in his first 11 games this year (and 5.2 points in first 60 games of career), Jalen Graham is averaging 13.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in the past nine games. After starting season 7-of-23 from the foul line, he has made 15-of-22 (.682) in those eight games.
JALEN GRAHAM TOP SCORING GAMES
19 vs. #19 USC/Feb. 3, 2022
16 vs. #3 UCLA/Feb. 5, 2022
16 at Stanford/Jan. 22, 2022
16 vs. Colorado/Jan. 15, 2022
15 at #16 USC/Jan. 24, 2022
14 vs. Oregon State/Feb. 14, 2021
14 at Washington/Feb. 10, 2022
14 at Arizona/Jan. 25, 2021
ASU VS. WASHINGTON PAST NINE GAMES (ASU LEADS 6-3)
@WASH 87, ASU 64/Feb. 10, 2022
ASU 80, WASH 72/Feb. 25, 2021
ASU 97, WASH 64/Feb. 23, 2021
WASH 90, ASU 83/Mar. 5, 2020
ASU 87, @WASH 83/Feb. 1, 2020
ASU 75, WASH 63/Feb. 9, 2019
@WASH 68, ASU 64/Feb. 1, 2018
ASU 83, @WASH 81/Feb. 17, 2017
ASU 86, WASH 75/Jan. 25, 2017
(Joshua Pullen is a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. He is working in the Public Relations Lab with the Sun Devil Athletics team and will graduate in the spring of 2023.)