ASU held to just eight first-half points
PULLMAN — DaVonte Lacy scored 17 points and Brock Motum added 16 as Washington State routed Arizona State 72-50 Saturday in Pacific-12 basketball action.
The Cougars (14-13, 6-9 Pac-12) jumped to a 10-0 lead and held the Sun Devils to single digits throughout the first half, leading 36-8 at the break. The eight points represent the fewest allowed by WSU in a first half since the shot clock was introduced 25 years ago.
In the first half, the Sun Devils shot 17 percent from the floor and were 1 of 6 from beyond the arc. The Cougars shot 48 percent and were 6 of 14 from behind the three-point line.
“The key was our defense,” said Washington State coach Ken Bone. “I thought our guys just locked in mentally.”
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The Cougars not only scored the first 10 points of the half, but the last 15. While ASU as a team had only eight points, Lacy, a freshman from Curtis High in University Place, scored 14 before the break. Motum matched ASU with eight.
“Tonight our starters blew them out of the water and then we maintained our lead,” Motum said. “We didn’t do a good job early (second half). Sometimes it’s hard in those games to not be complacent, but we did a good job finishing them off.”
Arizona State (8-19, 4-11) went to a full-court press in the second half and nearly got back in the game. The Sun Devils put together a 23-7 run and closed to 43-31 with 13:07 left. But WSU’s Dexter Kernich-Drew made a three-pointer and was fouled and made the free throw — for his only four points of the game — and the Cougars stayed in control.
“I figured they (the Sun Devils) are not going to play the second half like they did in the first half, and that 23-7 run was a disappointment,” Bone said. “But we came back and made some plays in transition.”
Marcus Capers was a key player in breaking the press, finishing with nine points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for WSU.