Washington runs away from Arizona State at home, wins 87-64
From the 17:20 mark of the second half through the next 10 minutes, Washington outscored Arizona State 31-11.
As the Sun Devils’ offense grew cold, Washington pounded the painted area at the other end to build up what was at one point a 27-point lead late. Behind four Huskies in double-figures scoring, Washington picked up its eighth conference win of the season Thursday night with an 87-64 win over Arizona State.
Washington (13-9, 8-4 Pac-12) has now won seven of its last nine to climb within a half game of USC for fourth in the Pac-12 standings.
The Huskies got 19 points and eight assists from their dynamic lead guard, Terrell Brown Jr.. Capable of going for 30 on any given night and carrying the Husky offense on his shoulders, Brown wasn’t called upon to be an offensive dynamo Thursday night. Instead, UW got balanced scoring and contributions from all over.
Emmitt Matthews Jr. put up eight points in the first half while Nate Roberts and Jamal Bey each added seven. They shot a combined 9-for-15 from the field and buried four 3-pointers as Washington built up a 10-point halftime lead.
Matthews finished with 15. In the second half, though, PJ Fuller scored 13 of his 16 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting and Cole Bajema had eight of his 12. Bey finished with nine points, Roberts with eight.
A quick, little 6-0 spurt from ASU early in the second half got the margin to seven, but then the ASU offense fell apart. After a bucket from Jaylen Graham (14 points, eight boards) with 17:20 to play, Arizona State missed 18 of its final 27 shots.
While Washington piled on the points, ASU was ice-cold from deep (2-of-10) and turned it over eight times.
For the game, the Sun Devils shot just 39% from the field and 23% from deep. Kimani Lawrence led the way with 15 points and six boards. Graham scored his 14 on 13 shots. They had half of the Sun Devils’ buckets. The rest of the team shot 13-for-43.
Arizona State’s triple-overtime win over UCLA a week ago has now been followed up by back-to-back double-digit losses. The Sun Devils will look to get back on track Saturday against Washington State at 7 p.m. PT.
Washington will next get a chance to secure a major resume booster when it welcomes No. 4 Arizona to Seattle for a 3 p.m. PT tipoff.