Dexter Kernich-Drew, making his first start since Nov. 27, scored a career-high 27 points to lead Washington State past Arizona State 74-71 Friday night.
PULLMAN — Dexter Kernich-Drew, making his first start since Nov. 27, scored a career-high 27 points to lead Washington State past Arizona State 74-71 Friday night.
DaVonte Lacy scored 17 points for the Cougars (11-13, 5-7 Pac-12), who moved past the Sun Devils (12-12, 4-7) into eighth place.
Gerry Blakes paced Arizona State with a season-high 24 points, including the Sun Devils’ final 16 points. Tra Holder added 14 and Eric Jacobsen 12.
Kernich-Drew was coming off a season-high 18-point game Sunday at Oregon. The senior guard from Australia came into Friday’s game averaging 4.4 points.
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Kernich-Drew sank 9 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 7 from three-point range, and converted all five of his free throws.
Blakes went 10 for 21 from the floor, including 3 for 9 on threes. He scored 18 points in the second half, including a three-pointer as time expired.
The Sun Devils led 34-29 at the half after dominating inside play.
Washington State’s inside game fared better in the second half, when the Cougars scored 45 points on 59.3 percent shooting from the field. The Cougars shot 51.9 percent for the game and held Arizona State to 44.4 percent.
The Cougars had lost six of seven games since starting 3-1 in conference play.