Final: ASU wins the wildest game of UW's season, 75-65. (Here's my story.) The Huskies may have been drained by their long fight back, because with about five minutes left ASU went on an 11-0 run that settled it.
"I thought they stepped up and hit big shots," coach Lorenzo Romar said. "Derek Glasser hit big shots. Pendergraph hit some big shots. They came through when they needed to."
As to what he told his team after that terrible first half in which the hole was dug: "I think we talked more about our lack of aggressiveness. I thought we were the more tentative team of the two in the first half. That's some of the things primarily that we tried to address. Coming out in the second half with a little more fight. We talked about our shot selection, which at times bites us in the butt."
"When we get impatient at times, our offense kind of goes downhill. And against Arizona State, you're just not going to have any quick open looks. At times we tried to generate those quick looks when they weren't there."
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The Sun Devils will play for the Pac-10 tournament championship at 3 tomorrow against the winner of the USC-UCLA game to follow.
The loss sends the Huskies home to await their NCAA tournament fate on Selection Sunday.
7:11 left: The Huskies came all the way back to take a one-point lead. But ASU just scored and has a 56-55 lead as we head down the stretch.
9:59 left: The Huskies have cut it to 52-48. During a time out, the Huskies are confident. Venoy Overton looked into the crowd and yelled, "This is why we're No. 1." Then he went from teammate to teammate: "Four points," he said. "It's just four point." "We're gonna win this," Isaiah Thomas replied.
13:35 left: THings are getting heated as a series of technical fouls have been called after ASU's James Harden sort of walked through Venoy Overton, Overton grabbed Harden's jersey as he fell, and then ASU's Derek Glasser walked over the fallen Overton. UW coaches rushed the court, with Romar hauling Overton away.
Technicals were called on the three players involved.
Halftime: ASU, 38-21.
Ugly score ... and that's including a four-point play in the final two seconds by Justin Dentmon.
Washington took an early 11-5 lead ... and then the roof caved in. This is the Huskies fewest halftime points of the season, one less than in the loss to Kansas back in the College Basketball Experience tournament. It's the fewest at halftime since a loss to Washington State last year.
UW has hit seven of 30 shots (23.3 percent). ASU has hit 15 of 31 (48.4 percent). Sometimes there are simply cold shooting nights. But ASU has 24 rebounds and Washington 15, and that of course also speaks to desire.
We're sitting right behind the UW bench, and the coaches were very unhappy with shot selection. They thought the Huskies were just firing away, while the coaches wanted patience and attack.
Moment that indicates how things are going: An Isaiah Thomas airball on a free throw.
Tipoff: Huskies going with their typical lineup: Brockman, Dentmon, Pondexter, Gant and Thomas.
The winner goes on to the tournament final tomorrow.
Thomas wins freshman honors: UW freshman guard Isaiah Thomas of Tacoma has been named to a couple of national all-freshmen teams. Here's the release from UW.
Tournament stats: Even though some times -- like Washington -- have only one game behind them, we have been given a copy of tournament statistics so far. Washington leads in scoring (85 ppg), scoring margin (plus 12), 3-point field goal percentage, steals and defensive rebounds.
ASU is tied with UW in scoring margin and leads in assists and 3-point field goals made.
Pregame: The teams are out on the court at Staples Center for warmups. About a half our before tip there is only a tiny crowd.
However, that will certainly grow as the night goes on with local teams USC and UCLA meeting in the late game. Staples Center is making a $10 ticket available to students from both schools, so I'd be amazed if this place isn't jammed for the nightcap.
Meanwhile, the UW-ASU game is scheduled to tip at 6 p.m. And it will be on FSN.
Usual blogging plan here: News as it happens, in-game updates, and then postgame notes and quotes.