Sun Devils fall to Pepperdine despite late push

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After battling back in the final minutes of the game, the Arizona State men's basketball team fell to Pepperdine 66-60 Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena despite a big game by junior guard Trent Lockett.

It did not take long for the Waves to find their groove as they hit their first six shots from the field and never relinquished the lead after taking it with 16:35 left in the first half. The lead extended to 12 points behind 4-4 three-point shooting and 7-13 shooting from the field.

Pepperdine scored 10 points off of Sun Devil turnovers in the first half. Lockett poured in 23 points, 17 of which came in the second half. He was 8-11 from the field and 2-4 from beyond the arc, also pulling down nine rebounds.

Pepperdine feasted off of consistency, with Joshua Lowery being the only player in double-digits. Eight other players scored five or more points, and their bench produced 27 points.

The Sun Devils struggled from three-point range, making only seven of their 27 attempts, while the Waves made eight of their 11 tries. ASU was 17-23 from the foul line while Pepperdine was 22-31, 25 of those attempts coming in the second half.

Arizona State will hope to get back in the win column Friday night as they host New Mexico night at 6:30 p.m. for James Harden Beard Night.

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