The Washington Huskies never really seemed in the game Friday at Arizona State. And they seemed to fall fully out of it early in the second half when a quick flurry pushed the Sun Devils ahead by 15 points.
That is a significant lead in most games, but with the kind of offensive futility the Huskies were enduring at Wells Fargo Arena it seemed virtually insurmountable.
And it was, as the Sun Devils (11-5 overall, 1-2 Pac-10) went on to a 68-51 victory.Washington’s previous scoring low this season was 63 points in their win over Montana. But the Huskies couldn’t get close to that output Friday as they shot only 36 percent from the field. The Huskies never found a way to consistently penetrate the ASU zone, nor could they find a hot enough hand to consistently shoot over it.
On the other side of the court, Rihards Kuksiks sizzled the whole night on his way to a game-high 27 points. Isaiah Thomas led UW with 20, however, Quincy Pondexter was held to nine.
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The result gave UW back-to-back losses for the first time this season. The Huskies now stand at 1-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference and are 0-3 when playing away from home.
Another road game awaits them Sunday as they visit the Arizona Wildcats. That gives the Huskies one practice – this afternoon at Arizona’s McKale Center – to come up with some solutions for their growing list of problems.
Coach Lorenzo Romar tried one change Friday, moving Tyreese Breshers into the starting lineup in place of Matthew Bryan-Amaning. However, that proved a minor tweak as Bryan-Amaning entered the game after less than four minutes.
The Huskies (10-4, 1-2) also played one man down, as junior Justin Holiday didn’t travel due to what Romar said was minor eligibility issue having nothing to due with academics.
Romar sounded certain that Holiday will be available next week when UW plays host to the Bay Area schools, starting with Stanford at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
15;15/2nd ASU, 38-23. No part of this game has gone especially well for the Huskies, but it may have gotten out of hand early in the second half when Arizona State’s Richards Kuksiks nailed a pair of 3-pointers, and then beat the Huskies down court for a slam that put the Sun Devils up, 36-21.
Fifteen points is a fair lead in most games, but against the Sun Devils points have to be measured in something more like dog years. This has become a high mountain to climb, and the Huskies' body language is not good.
Halftime: ASU 28, UW 19. It has been a half every bit as ugly as it sounds.
Isaiah Thomas leading UW with 11. Rihards Kuksiks leads all scorers with 13, including three treys.
The Huskies have hit seven of 24 shots (29.2). ASU has hit 6 of 22 (27.3). The Sun Devils are outrebounding UW, 21-15.
10/1st: We're 10 minutes in, and ASU leads 8-6. Huskies not having any succee against ASU zone, and they're not getting second chances. Pondexter hasn't scored yet.
(And now MBA has just thrown an airball free throw.)
Tipoff: Huskies have tweaked the starting lineup, moving Tyreese Breshers in place of MBA. The rest is the same: Isaiah, Q-Pon, Gaddy and Gant.
Huskies in purple; Sun Devils in white. (Reminder: Game is on FSN.)
Venoyance: A couple of students in the ASU student second came with signs to taunt Venoy Overton over his run-in with James Harden and Derek Glasser at last season's Pac-10 tournament.
One signs reads: "Venoy: People Don't Forget." The other simply shows a picture of Overton below the word "Punk."
For right now, however, the Huskies are warming up at the end of the court away from the students.
Pregame:The Huskies will be playing one man down at 7:30 tonight, as junior Justin Holiday didn’t travel due to what coach Lorenzo Romar said were minor and technical eligibility issues having nothing to due with academics. Because this is a weekend, Romar said the issue won’t be solved before the Huskies’ next game at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Arizona.
However, he sounded certain that Holiday will be available next week when UW plays host to the Bay Area schools, starting with Stanford at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.