Sun Devils close Old Spice Classic

November 28, 2011

ASU vs Wake Forest

Keala King had 25 points and Trent Lockett added 20 as Arizona State beat Wake Forest 84-56 in a consolation round game at the Old Spice Classic on Friday night. Download Full Image

Lockett had 14 points and King contributed 10 as Arizona State (2-3) took a commanding 40-21 lead at halftime. Consecutive layups by Kyle Cain and Lockett put Arizona State up 32-15 with 4 minutes left in the first half.

Wake Forest (3-2) got 17 points from C.J. Harris. He has scored in double-figures in all five games this season.

Chris Colvin's 3-point play gave Arizona State a 45-21 lead with 17 minutes to play. King hit a long-range jumper that extended the Arizona State lead to 59-31 at the 11-minute mark.

King had all six points for the Sun Devils when they grabbed an early 6-1 lead. Lockett's 3 made it 19-7 midway through the half.

Lockett had 15 points and seven rebounds in Arizona State's 55-44 loss to Fairfield on Thursday.

Wake Forest shot just 28 percent (7 for 25), compared to the Sun Devils' 59.3 percent (16 for 27) during the opening 20 minutes.

Wake Forest went four minutes into the second half before scoring. Harris ended the drought on his 3-point play.

This was the first meeting between Wake Forest and Arizona State.

ASU vs. DePaul

Cleveland Melvin had 18 points and Brandon Young added 13 to help DePaul hold off a late charge by Arizona State and secure a 68-64 win on Sunday in the fifth-place game of the Old Spice Classic.

Arizona State trailed by four points at halftime and throughout the second half before getting it down to a basket in the waning seconds. But Jordan Bachynski came up empty on a pair of free-throw attempts that would have tied it at 66.

Two free throws by Melvin on the other end then helped provide the final margin.

Arizona State was led by Keala King's 22 points, followed by Trent Lockett with 19. But the Sun Devils were hamstrung by 19 turnovers, a throwback to their tournament-opening loss to Fairfield in which they turned it over 22 times.

Football falls to California 47-38

November 28, 2011

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C.J. Anderson scored three touchdowns, Isi Sofele ran for 145 yards and another score and California ended the regular season with a 47-38 win over Arizona State Friday night.

Anderson scored on two runs and a 74-yard catch, and Giorgio Tavecchio hit four field goals to help Cal (7-5, 4-5) ensure its ninth winning season in 10 years.

Zach Maynard threw for 237 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as the bowl-bound Bears racked up 484 total yards.

Cameron Marshall ran for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but had a big fumble in the fourth quarter for the Sun Devils. Brock Osweiler threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.

Cal had been going the opposite direction as Arizona State.

The Bears came in with two wins in three games, the loss a tight one against No. 8 Stanford last week in a soggy Big Game. Bowl-eligible for the eighth time in nine seasons, Cal was looking for another win to secure a winning record and a better postseason slot.

Cal did just that by keeping Arizona State's defense off-balance, complementing Maynard's passing by running for 247 yards.

The Sun Devils' shot to win the Pac-12 South ended before the game started, with Colorado's victory over Utah.

Arizona State still had plenty to play for, needing a win to get a shot at a better bowl.

Even with the Sun Devils bowl being eligible, Erickson could be in trouble - as early as next week after this loss.

Offense dominated this game from the start.

Cal scored on its first three possessions: a 48-yard field goal by Tavecchio, an 18-yard run by Sofele and a 16-yarder by Maynard that put the Bears up 17-7 in the first quarter.

Marshall scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and Osweiler hit Aaron Pflugrad on a 17-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-14 on the first play of the second.

The Bears went up 27-14 late in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Anderson and a 27-yard field goal by Tavecchio.

Arizona State rallied quickly, though, scoring twice in 29 seconds. Osweiler hit Rashad Ross on a 35-yard pass, then Trevor Kohl on a 4-yarder with 33 seconds left in the half - three plays after Cal's Richard Rodgers fumbled the kickoff and the Sun Devils recovered.

Cal tried to pull away again in the third quarter.

Anderson scored on a 3-yard run on Cal's first drive of the third quarter, then on a 74-yard catch-and-run to put the Bears up 41-31. Maynard set it up by scrambling left to draw the defense in, then flipped over the top to Anderson, who took care of the last 60-or-so yards on his own.

Arizona State cut the lead 41-38 on a 24-yard burst up the middle by Marshall that tied him with Woody Green (1972) and Terry Battle (1996) for the single-season school rushing touchdowns record.

But on Arizona State's next drive, Marshall fumbled and Cal's Mustafa Jalil recovered - after a video replay reversal - at the Bears' 40. Tavecchio followed with a 30-yard field goal to give Cal a nine-point lead with just over 5 minutes left.