ASU’s Bachynski unleashing ‘inner animal’

Jan 27, 2012, 4:05 PM | Updated: 4:07 pm

Where did that come from?

Arizona State didn’t have enough to upset the Washington
Huskies on Thursday, but it wasn’t due to a lack of effort
by sophomore big man Jordan Bachynski.

The 7-foot-2 Canadian had 9 points and a career-high 13
rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench in the 60-54 loss.

After the game, Bachynski downplayed his performance.

“I’m just trying to carry my weight on the team,” he said.

And he has been. After a three-game stretch during which
Bachynski had just 1 point and 6 rebounds, he’s averaging
9.5 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 67% in ASU’s
last two contests. He’s also blocked 5 shots, changed
several others and is hustling for loose balls.

His head coach, Herb Sendek, had a much more detailed
description of what’s going on with Bachynski.

“I think last week, before the Utah game, he just decided
he was going to be more of an animal,” Sendek said.
“That’s kind of the picture he has in his mind for himself
at this point. Even though it’s still a work in progress,
that mindset is serving him very well.”

Unfortunately, Sendek didn’t have such a clear answer when
asked about how to get sophomore Chanse Creekmur on track

“I don’t know,” Sendek answered honestly. “He’s not
getting a lot of looks but really the best way to get
going is to make plays and not just to limit it to one
facet of the game.”

Against Oregon State two weeks ago, Creekmur was simply on
fire, hitting 8 of 9 shots and 6 of 7 three-point attempts
en route to a career-high 24-point night. He hasn’t
scored in his last three games despite playing an average
of 33 minutes per game.

Lockett Update: Sendek didn’t sound too confident
when discussing the possibility of Trent Lockett’s return
for Saturday’s game against Washington State.

“At this point we have to continue to be prepared to not
play with him,” he said.

Lockett, ASU’s leading scorer, has missed the last three
games with an ankle injury suffered in the second half of
the win over Oregon State.

Arizona State Basketball

Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley calls a play in a 77-69 loss to USC at Desert Financial Arena...
Jake Anderson

Here’s why Arizona State should extend Bobby Hurley’s contract

In eight years, Hurley has won 141 games for ASU, with half of those seasons garnering 20-plus wins and three (four) NCAA Tournament trips.
2 days ago
DJ Horne #0 of the Arizona State Sun Devils goes to the basket against Rodrigue Andela #34 of the O...
John Guzzon

ASU basketball’s future is bright despite disappointing 1st-round exit

Arizona State’s 2022-23 basketball squad continually got up off the canvas to emerge as legitimate contenders.
2 days ago
JaKobe Coles #21 of the TCU Horned Frogs makes the game winning basket over Warren Washington #22 a...
Jake Anderson

Cinderella strikes midnight for ASU’s NCAA Tournament run in loss to TCU

No. 11 seed Arizona State's Cinderella run struck midnight in a heartbreaking 72-70 loss to No. 6 seed TCU on Friday night in Denver.
4 days ago
Frankie Collins #10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils drives to the basket against Xavier Cork #12 of...
Kellan Olson

Arizona State loses heartbreaker to TCU, bows out of NCAA Tournament

The 11th-seeded Arizona State Sun Devils lost in heartbreaking fashion on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
4 days ago
Follow @KellanOlson...
Kellan Olson

ASU throws down 2 spectacular dunks vs. TCU in NCAA Tournament

Arguably the best highlight of the NCAA Tournament thus far came via the Arizona State Sun Devils on Friday.
4 days ago
Fairleigh Dickinson guard Grant Singleton (4) celebrates after a basket against Purdue in the secon...
Associated Press

Fairleigh Dickinson shocks No. 1 seed Purdue in NCAA Tournament

Fairleigh Dickinson became the second No. 16 seed in history to win an NCAA Tournament game, stunning top-seeded Purdue 63-58.
4 days ago
ASU’s Bachynski unleashing ‘inner animal’