Great Defense and Great Offense Late Gives Men's Hoops 58-55 Win in Pullman
The Arizona State men's basketball team held Washington State to just .305 (18-of-59) from the field and 10-of-33 (.303) from the three-point stripe and used a 33-14 bench points advantage to top the Cougars 58-55 in Pullman late Saturday night.
But it also got some incredibly efficient offense late when it had to have it.
Washington State (14-9; 7-5) cut the ASU lead to two points at 41-39, 43-41, 45-43, 47-45, 51-49 and also 53-52 but each time the Sun Devils came back with a bucket. In the final 7:37, ASU made eight of its final 11 field goal attempts, with four players getting at least one bucket.
In a game that neither team led by more than eight, ASU (8-15; 4-9) got solid games from Jalen Graham (14 points) and reserves Marreon Jackson (14 points) and Luther Muhammad (12 points and eight rebounds) while shooting 14-of-25 (.560) from the field in the second half.
ASU next hosts Oregon Thursday (Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. with Dave Pasch and Bill Walton on the ESPN2 or ESPNU call.
HALFTIME COMEBACK STAT
ASU now has 32 halftime comeback wins under Bobby Hurley, including 15 on the road. Both of those marks are tops in the Pac-12.
Luther Muhammad's 12 points matched a season high and his eight rebounds set a career-high in his 86 career games (64 at Ohio State).
GREAT NIGHT FOR JAMIYA
Freshman Jamiya Neal played 11:38 and made his only shot -- a three-pointer -- and had one rebound, one block and one steal. In under 12 minutes, he was +16, including +10 in 4:20 of game time in the second half.
SUN DEVIL BUCKETS DOWN THE STRETCH
41-39 (9:16) – Jay Heath jumper, 43-39 (7:37)
43-41 (7:15) – Enoch Boakye left hook, 45-41 (6:50)
45-43 (6:18) – Jay Heath jumper off Luther offensive rebound, 47-43 (5:48)
47-45 (5:15) – Jalen Graham floater team offensive rebound, 49-45 (4:54)
49-46 (4:38) – Jalen Graham floater, 51-46 (4:16)
51-49 (3:36) – Marreon Jackson driving layup, 53-49 (3:15)
53-52 (2:53) – Marreon three-pointer, 56-52 (2:18)
56-52 (1:21) – Jalen Graham floater, 58-52 (1:21)
ASU held Washington State to 18-of-59 (.305) in both of its games this year. It won the won on the road (58-55) and lost the one in Tempe by 22 (51-29). It also held USC to 18-of-60 (.300), which means ASU is 1-2 in games it has held opponents to under .310 shooting.