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Arizona State’s winning streak ends after loss to Washington State

Arizona State guard Torian Graham, left, and forward Obinna Oleka, right, sit on the bench late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington State, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State defeated Arizona State 86-71. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

PULLMAN, Wash. — Ike Iroegbu finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help Washington State overcome an early 12-point deficit and beat Arizona State 86-71 on Saturday.

Conor Clifford had 19 points and Malachi Flynn added 14 points and seven assists for the Cougars, who nabbed their first season sweep of a conference opponent since 2011-12.

Washington State (12-15, 5-10 Pac-12) shot 62 percent from the field in the second half.

Arizona State held the lead for over eight minutes, until Flynn hit a 3 with seven minutes left in the game to put the Cougars up one. Flynn’s 3 was part of a 14-0 Cougar run late in the second half.

Shannon Evans II paced Arizona State (13-15, 6-9) with 21 points and Torian Graham scored 18, including four 3s.

Down six at the half, the Cougars scored the first seven points of the second half.

Washington State took an early five-point lead out of the gate, but Arizona State used a 10-0 run to go up 12 with 3:27 left in the first half. After Andre Adams finished a baseline dunk, Clifford threw away the inbounds pass to Evans who immediately hit a corner 3 to cap the run.

Arizona State turned WSU’s 10 first-half turnovers into 15 points. The Cougars trimmed their turnovers to five in the second.


Arizona State: Saturday was the best shot for a win out of the Sun Devils’ remaining conference games. They return home but still have No. 5 Arizona and No. 6 UCLA on the schedule.

Washington State: With the win, the Cougars earned their first season sweep over a conference opponent since 2011-12. They have a chance to sweep their next opponent, Washington, next weekend.


Arizona State: The Sun Devils return home to host No. 6 UCLA on Thursday.

Washington State: The Cougars host Washington on Feb. 26.

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