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Fork Report: Sun Devils struggle late, lose to rival UA

Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won’t tell you everything that happened in a basketball game. So, we will give you a fork report, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from ASU’s loss to Arizona on January 19. Arizona 71, Arizona State 54.

The Good:

Jahii Carson scored a team-high 22 points despite playing much of the game in foul trouble. He and Evan Gordon accounted for 23 of the Sun Devils’ 26 first half points. Gordon, the only other player in double figures, finished with 14 points in a game played in front of a soldout Wells Fargo Arena (10,900).

The Bad:

With 10:26 to play, Carson hit a layup pulling the Sun Devils to within two, 46-44. They would go more than four minutes (4:14) before another basket as UA responded with an 11-0 run to pull away. ASU committed 17 turnovers, their most since the start of conference play, in dropping their second straight game.

He Said It:

“I don’t think we played to the best of our capabilities,” Carson said. “Normally, we come out and we set the tempo. We throw the first punch. I think they did that. I think they wanted it more than us.”