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ASU men’s basketball swept by LA schools with loss to USC

Arizona State guard Remy Martin, left, is defended by Southern California guard Elijah Weaver (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

LOS ANGELES — Arizona State men’s basketball lost to USC 71-61 and was swept by the Los Angeles schools to end its seven-game win streak.

Jonah Mathews scored 23 points and Daniel Utomi added 19 and 10 rebounds to lead USC over the Suns Devils.

Remy Martin had 22 points for the Sun Devils (19-10, 10-6).

The Trojans (21-9, 10-7) swept the Arizona schools at home this weekend and won four of their last six games.

USC went on a 11-3 run early in the second half to build a 12-point lead at 54-42 with 12:57 left. During that run, Onyeka Okongwu had a three-point play and reserve Quinton Adlesh had a steal that led to him making an open 3-pointer on the other end. The Sun Devils answered with an 11-0 run to pull within three points with 9:04 left. Taeshon Cherry capped the spurt with a 3 and, after a timeout, he stole the ball and Remy Martin made a layup to make 54-53 with 8:49 left.

Matthews stopped the run with a three-point play and USC hung on from there. The Sun Devils never led in the second half.

Utomi was 4 of 5 from 3-point range in the first half. The Trojans shot 59.1 percent in the first half and outrebounded the Sun Devils 21-11.

Arizona State missed eight of its first nine shots and Utomi made a 3-pointer from the left wing with 11:24 left in the first half to give Southern Cal a 24-11 lead. The Sun Devils trailed USC 41-36 at halftime despite 14 first-turnovers by the Trojans.

Arizona State lost to UCLA on a last-second 3-pointer two days earlier, which ended a seven-game win streak.

BIG PICTURE

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils are trying to put the two losses on the Los Angeles road trip behind them and play well over the final homestand.

USC: The Trojans are surging and trying to leapfrog teams in the middle of the pack to get a better seed for the Pac-12 Tournament.

UP NEXT

ARIZONA STATE: Hosts Washington on Thursday in its second-to-last regular season game.

USC: Hosts UCLA and will try to complete the season sweep of the Bruins in its final Pac-12 game on March 7.


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