Arizona State basketball falls on road to Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — Terrell Brown Jr., scored 19 points with eight assists and Washington led wire-to-wire in an 87-64 win over Arizona State on Thursday night.
The Huskies led by as many as 20 points in the first half before the Sun Devils got back within seven and then raced away again.
P.J. Fuller moved into the start lineup for Daejon Davis, who injured a shoulder last weekend and scored 16 points for the Huskies (13-9, 8-4 Pac-12 Conference), who have won seven of nine to move into fourth place. Emmitt Matthews Jr., scored 15 and Cole Bajema had 12 off the bench.
Kimani Lawrence led Arizona State (7-15, 3-9) with 15 points and Jalen Graham added 14 with eight rebounds.
The Sun Devils were coming off a stretch of playing five ranked teams in 14 days, only pulling out an 87-84 win over UCLA in triple overtime. The four losses were closer than this game and ASU never made the Huskies uncomfortable.
Arizona State never found the range from long distance, making five of 22 3-pointers (23%) while the Huskies were nine of 21 (43%). Washington made 20 of 29 from the foul line to seven of 12 for ASU.
Washington led by double figures less than five minutes into the game when Jamal Bey hit a three-pointer. Brown had five points in a 9-0 that had the Huskies up 30-11 in the middle of the period and a three from Matthews made it 39-19 with just less than five minutes to go.
Arizona State had three three-pointers and Lawrence had consecutive baskets for a 13-1 run that cut the deficit to 40-32 before a dunk by Nate Roberts just before the half put UW up 42-32.
The Sun Devils opened the game four of 21 with seven straight misses behind the arc before going nine of 12, including three threes.
Baskets by Lawrence and Graham had ASU within seven twice early in the second half. The Huskies responded with seven straight, capped by Bajema’s three-point play that made it 61-45, and the lead was in double figures for the last 14:47.
The big lead was 79-52 on a Fuller three with 7:45 to go, part of a 25-7 surge. The Huskies made nine of 11 shots and finished five of 10 from three-point range and 14 of 26 overall in the second half.
Arizona State travels to Pullman to take on Washington State on Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN 620 AM / 98.7 FM HD-2.
Washington hosts No. 4 Arizona in Seattle on Saturday at 4 p.m.