Arizona State Men Record Third Straight Victory, Pass Oregon State

It was four months between the first time the Arizona Sun Devils won a double-digit game and the second. But coach Bobby Hurley’s team now appears to be on a roll, beating an understaffed Oregon State 73-53 on Saturday in a Pac-12 game at Desert Financial Arena.

It was the third straight victory for ASU (10-15, 6-9) that matches its longest winning streak of the season.

The Sun Devils were coming off an 81-57 ​​thrashing of Oregon, which entered the competition ranked second in the conference. The margin of victory marked the first time the team has won by double digits since beating Portland 76-60 in the season opener in November.

This Sun Devils won this one just as convincingly, leading wire to wire, taking a 42-29 halftime lead and building on that.

It was the 12th straight loss for Oregon State (3-22, 1-14), which won the Pac-12 tournament and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last season. But the Beavers have struggled all season, with their last and only conference win over Utah 88-76 on Dec. 30.

It was the third game in five days and coach Wayne Tinkle was down to just seven players.

ASU, which led up to 26 points in the second half, shot 45% (28 for 62) from the field while Oregon State shot just 39% (21 for 54). The Beavers had 19 turnovers while ASU had 11 with the Sun Devils scoring 20 of those turnovers.

ASU had a 38-28 advantage in points scored in the paint and a 22-8 advantage in points scored from reserves.

Turning

The Sun Devils led by no less than 16 points in the first half, with that lead coming when senior forward Kimani Lawrence scored to make it 29-13.

The Beavers cut the deficit to six points at 33-27 on a 3-point shot from senior forward Maurice Calloo with 3:44 left.

But the Sun Devils restored order with Jay Heath connecting on a fade jumper from Jamiya Neal to climb back in double digits at 37-37 with 2:33 left in the half. The Beavers were no longer within striking range.

Great performances

Five Sun Devils finished in double digits, led by senior guard Marreon Jackson who had 15 points with four rebounds, four assists and a steal.

He was followed by Jay Heath (13), Jalen Graham (12), Lawrence (11) and DJ Horne (10). Lawrence also had a team-high seven rebounds, with Horne contributing a team-high six assists.

Freshman forward Glenn Taylor led ASU with 14 points and 10 rebounds while junior guard Dashawn Davis added 13 points and three steals.

They said it

“I think our approach was very good going out, the way we played attack, moved the ball, shared. The defense was very active, the way we focused on (Jarod) Lucas. We know how deadly he can be behind the 3-point line, so I think the guys did a good job chasing him and factoring him in and making it tough. Lots of positives tonight. —Bobby Hurley, ASU Coach

“It shows how selfless we are as a team. It doesn’t matter who scores, who is the hero of the game at that moment, who does it. The main thing is to win, especially at this stage of the season . ,” —Marreon Jackson, on the team’s 17 assists.

“We were a new team coming in, so I feel like now we really know how to play with each other, everyone is playing well. I feel like we’re peaking at the right time, getting into the Pac-12 game. It’s fun. Winning is fun.” —Jay Heath on a three-game winning streak and team confidence

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The Sun Devils hit the road for three games next week, the first of those coming Monday when they face UCLA in a 7 p.m. game at Pauley Pavilion. It’s the lineup for a game postponed twice, first when UCLA had a COVID outbreak and then again when ASU had one. When the two played earlier this month in Tempe, ASU won 87-84 in triple overtime.

Next it will be in the Mountain Schools with ASU playing Colorado on Thursday and Utah (11-16, 4-13) on Saturday.

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