Arizona State holds on to beat Washington State

PULLMAN, Wash. — Marreon Jackson and Jalen Graham each scored 14 points as Arizona State held off Washington State for a 58-55 victory Saturday night.

Arizona State took the lead for good with 15:48 left and trailed by as much as eight. Tyrell Roberts made 3-pointers in a row to take the Cougars to 53-52 with 2:53 to go, but Jackson and Graham each responded with 3-pointers to extend the lead to 58-52.

Michael Flowers’ 3 cut Washington State to under three and the Cougars then forced a turnover with 23.2 remaining. But Roberts’ 3-point attempt from the top of the arc hit the front of the rim.

Still, Arizona State had another turnover on the inbound pass on their next possession after a timeout with 4.2 remaining. The Cougars returned the ball on a cross pass to the infield to end it.

Washington State forward Mouhamed Gueye (35) battles for the ball with Arizona State forward Kimani Lawrence, left, and Washington State guard Tyrell Roberts (2 ) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/August Frank)

Luther Muhammad added 12 points for Arizona State (8-15, 4-9 Pac-12), which shot 56 percent (14 of 25) in the second half and finished with 33 points from the bench to the Cougars’ 14.

Roberts scored 14 points with four 3-pointers for Washington State (14-9, 7-5). Mouhamed Gueye added 12 points. Flowers, who averaged 18.8 points in the past four games, finished with six on a pair of 3-pointers.

The Cougars had 10 shots from long range but finished 18 of 59 (30.5%) from the field.

Arizona State snapped a two-game skid since upsetting number one. 3 UCLA 87-84 in triple overtime on Feb. 5.

Washington State, which lost to fourth-place Arizona on Thursday, has lost consecutive games since ending a five-game winning streak.