Dealt a deflating loss while at Stanford over the weekend, Arizona State looked much more comfortable at home Wednesday while hosting Oregon State.
Coach Herb Sendek’s squad grabbed a lead just moments into the game and they never let it slip from their grip the rest of the way, winning 73-55, thanks to a strong shooting performance and limited fouling.
Shaq McKissic led the way for the Sun Devils, scoring 17 on 5-of-10 shooting while going 7-for-7 from the line.
But it looked to be the Devils’ three-point shooting which made the difference, as Jonathan Gilling, Bo Barnes and company knocked down nine threes to outdo the Beavers’ two.
After starting Pac-12 play off with five of seven contests on the road, ASU’s win Wednesday kicked off a three-game home stretch, with five of their current seven being played in Tempe.
Here’s a look at that win, by the numbers:
Oregon State managed to hit just three of their eight free throw attempts on the night, rarely finding the line, thanks to mid-air discipline by ASU.
After three minutes and 36 seconds into the game, when the score was 7-7, the Sun Devils never trailed, leading by double digits for much of the final 30 minutes of the game.
Unlike the Beavers, McKissic was very effective in getting to the free-throw line and, once he got there, hitting his shots. McKissic entered the game a career 63 percent free-throw shooter.
The Sun Devils hit nine three-pointers, including five in a row, to help give them an early cushion, which saw them head to the locker room at halftime with a 40-23 lead in hand.
ASU led by as many as 22 at one point and that was with 2:49 left in the game, when they held a 71-49 advantage.
Eric Jacobsen helped ASU dominate the boards, outrebounding the visiting Beavers 35-22.