Washington State Cougars forward Marvin Cannon (5) drives to the basket as Arizona Wildcats guard Devonaire Doutrive (1) defends during the first half at McKale Center. I'm going with Washington State on the cover.
Make it an unexpected desert sweep for Robert Franks and the Washington State Cougars.
The Cougars snapped a 13-game losing streak to Arizona and achieved their first conference road sweep since the 2008-09 season. ". We literally fed off our opponents' crowds to get our game to another level".
"We were really just taking our time and feeding the inside", White said.
In the loss to the Huskies, Arizona's lead scorer was Justin Coleman on 16 points, four assists and five rebounds. The Wildcats went just 32 percent from the field.
"Man it feels good, it feels wonderful", he said.
"They get too far spread out on the top and leave the bottom open, and I feel like that is how I got a lot of my points", White said.
Zone defense has given the Sun Devils fits all season long, and yet Saturday against one of the best zone defenses in the country, ASU chugged along with incredible efficiency. The Washington Huskies found out it isn't always easy to win on the road, though they had done so before now.
The Wildcats shot 27 percent (9-for-33) in the first half, trailing 33-21 at the break.
After Ryan Luther made a free throw with nine minutes left in the game to cut the lead to 53-42, Elleby took the momentum away from the Wildcats by making three free throws after getting fouled on a 3-point attempt by Luther. However, the team's crowning achievement in the victory was its commitment to controlling the paint, as ASU had more than double the points in the paint of Washington (42-20) and nearly twice as many rebounds (40-23). Franks' 3-pointer gave the Cougars their biggest lead of the half, 28-14, with 4:12 to play. Franks had 34 points and 13 rebounds in WSU's 21-point upset of ASU on Thursday.
Franks had 20 points in the first half while hitting 6 of 8 3-pointers to lead the Cougars.
Washington (19-5, 10-1) clicked on all cylinders in a win against Arizona on Thursday. Teammate Brandon Randolph was 1-for-6 shooting.
Arizona State's NCAA Tournament resume took a hit the same night in an embarrassing loss to Washington State, a team that had no road wins and the Pac-12's second-worst record.
Coach Sean Miller has never had a team lose five in a row before and it's going to be tough sledding for the Wildcats from here on out, especially without Williams.
"We fought for the entire game, never gave up", Dickerson said. "Those things that have been said to the contrary to that are not true". Bobby Hurley's team has already proven that they can play with just about anybody; they just have a hard time actually doing it, and find themselves well behind Washington in the Pac-12 race.