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Arizona State’s Tra Holder injures shoulder, struggles in win

Arizona State guard Tra Holder (0) in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona State senior guard Tra Holder struggled to find a rhythm in the Sun Devils’ victory over Oregon State on Saturday.

Holder managed just four points on 1-of-9 shooting in the Sun Devils’ 77-75 win.

Midway through the first half Holder went down with an apparent shoulder injury, laying on the floor as Arizona State’s training staff rushed to his aide. Holder held his shooting shoulder while on the ground before he walked over to the bench under his own power.

Despite the injury, Holder returned to the game shortly after, but managed to score just two points in the first half.

Holder saw little playing time in the second half, remaining on the bench during the final minutes of the game when the Sun Devils erased a ten-point deficit to take the lead.

Entering Saturday’s game, Holder averaged 20.6 points per game for the Sun Devils, the most in the Pac-12.

With Holder struggling, senior guards Shannon Evans II and Kodi Justice gave the Sun Devils the spark needed to seal the victory. Evans II finished with 22 points and seven assists while Justice managed to record 14 points and three steals.

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