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Big second half for Huskies dooms ASU


January 27, 2012

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By Jordan Parry, ASU Media Relations Student Assistant

The Arizona State men's basketball team battled tough all night, but the Washington second half attack proved to be too much for a short-handed ASU team without their star guard Trent Lockett. The Huskies picked up the 60 to 54 victory Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

The Sun Devils carried a two point advantage and momentum into halftime after Chris Colvin went coast to coast with five seconds left for a lay in, but came out of the locker room stale. After a foul shot by Jonathan Gilling to increase the lead to 25 to 22, the Huskies composed a 14 to 0 run to put them up 36 to 25. They would never trail again.

Jordan Bachynski battled on the court throughout the game was the biggest bright spot in the loss for Arizona State. Bachynski tied his career high with seven rebounds in the first half, finishing with 13 total, also adding in nine points on 3 of 5 shooting.

Gilling led ASU with 20 points going 5 for 12 from three, which kept the Sun Devils close for a majority of the game.

Washington guard Tony Wroten led all scorers, finishing with 22 points on 9 for 12 shooting. Terrance Ross added in 12 points and seven rebounds.

Arizona State attempted 23 three-pointers, hitting seven of them, while Washington only shot eight, cashing in on one attempt. The Huskies got to the free throw line 15 more times than the Sun Devils. They finished 19 for 31--ASU was 9 for 16, with every attempt coming in the second half.

Washington shot 41.7 percent for the game and 45.5 percent in the second half. Arizona State finished at 37.3 percent.

The Sun Devils again struggled with turnovers, this game committing 15 of them.

Arizona State (6-14; 2-6 in Pac-12) is back in action at Wells Fargo this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. (MT) against Washington State. The Washington Huskies improve their record to 13-7; 6-2 in the Pac-12.