Tra Holder, Romello White scoreless in ASU’s loss to Oregon

Feb 23, 2018, 12:01 AM | Updated: 12:03 am

Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley reacts to a call during the first half of the team's NCAA college ...

Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley reacts to a call during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Oregon on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)

(AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)

It’s hard for a team to win basketball games when they get zero points out of a duo that averages 30.9 a game.

That made it no surprise, then, to see ASU unable to beat Oregon with Tra Holder and Romello White scoring zero points each in a 75-68 loss.

ASU had Shannon Evans II and Remy Martin to thank for the game being close.

Evans tied a season-high with 25 points and Martin had one of his best performances to date, posting a line of 15 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Entering Thursday night’s game in Eugene, Holder had scored at least 20 points in six of his last seven games.

A large part of Holder’s struggles was being unable to get to the free-throw line. Averaging over six free-throw attempts a game coming into the night, Holder didn’t take one all game.

The game showcased some of the bad habits of ASU’s offense that its guards, in particular, can have.

Not shying away from many looks, the Sun Devils took several quick shots throughout the contest, failing to establish a rhythm offensively.

That showed in the points in the paint, where ASU was outscored 36-14 by the Ducks.

White dealt with foul trouble throughout, not finishing with a rebound either.

The Sun Devils shot 38.6 percent as a team and 8-of-24 (33.3 percent) from deep.

Like the meeting in Tempe, Oregon’s athleticism all over the floor gave them an edge. They outrebounded ASU 40-32, with 12 of those rebounds coming off the offensive glass.

In a surprising twist, an Oregon win didn’t mean their talented guard duo of Payton Pritchard and Troy Brown went off, unlike the last meeting in which Pritchard had 18 points. This time, the pair combined for 18 points.

The production instead came from Elijah Brown (19), MiKyle McIntosh (16) and Paul White (11).


ASU will look to rebound against Oregon State on Saturday. The action starts at 6 p.m. and you can listen live on ESPN 620 AM.

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