The Cougars snapped a five-game losing streak and won on the road for the first time this season.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Washington State has had little to celebrate this season, so a surprise victory in the desert felt awfully good.
Robert Franks Jr. matched his career high with 34 points and Washington State stunned Arizona State with a dominant 91-70 victory over the Sun Devils on Thursday night.
“This is a big, big win for our program,” Washington State coach Ernie Kent said.
The Cougars (9-14, 2-8 Pac-12) snapped a five-game losing streak and won on the road for the first time this season.
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Arizona State (15-7, 6-4) had won four of five and figured to be headed into an important game Saturday against Pac-12 leader Washington. But the Sun Devils were derailed before they ever got to the Huskies.
“There really wasn’t anything overly positive that you can say. It was a pretty damaging loss for us,” ASU coach Bobby Hurley said.
Franks, who scored 34 last season against California, made 11 of 16 shots, 5 of 8 three-pointers and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Marvin Cannon added 13 for Washington State.
Franks said it was “most definitely” the Cougars’ biggest win of the season.
“The way that we ran, we defended and shared the ball is something that we’ve got to predicate the rest of our season on,” he said.
Luguentz Dort scored 22 for Arizona State. Kimani Lawrence added 13.
The big difference came from long range. The Cougars made 12 of 29 threes, while the Sun Devils were a dismal 3 of 28.
The Cougars, whose only other conference win was at home against California, took a double-digit lead early and never were seriously threatened as Arizona State added this loss to other pratfalls against Utah, Princeton and Stanford by a Sun Devils team that expected to contend in the Pac-12.
Kent said the Cougars have shown glimpses of excellence.
“Young team, a lot of inexperienced guys, we’ve had to drown out a lot of noise,” he said. “A lot of noise circling around our heads, some of it self-inflicted noise. This team in spurts, in all of our losses, at some point in time we have looked spectacular. The thing we haven’t done is the buy-in to play like that for 40 minutes. Tonight … they finally bought in.”
WSU women fall
PULLMAN — Kianna Ibis scored 22 points and No. 20 Arizona State took over in the second half to defeat Washington State 61-46.
Robbi Ryan added 13 points for the Sun Devils (16-6, 7-4 Pac-12), who trailed 28-27 at halftime before rolling to their third-straight win.
Borislava Hristova scored 11 points for the Cougars (7-16, 2-10), who have lost seven straight.
Stanford 83, at Oregon State 60
Oscar da Silva tied a career-high with 23 points and had nine rebounds and seven assists as Stanford handled Oregon State 83-60.
Josh Sharma added 20 points and eight rebounds and Daejon Davis from Garfield High School had 11 points with three three-pointers for the Cardinal (12-10, 5-5 Pac-12), which has won four of five. Tres Tinkle scored 16 points and Stephen Thompson Jr. added 15 points for the Beavers (14-8, 6-4).
At Montana State 74, Eastern Washington 66
Harald Frey scored eight of his 22 points during a 10-2 run in the final two minutes to help Montana State beat Eastern Washington 74-66.
Jesse Hunt’s layup gave Eastern Washington a 66-64 lead with 2:35 to play. Frey answered with a three-pointer, a jumper and three free throws and the Bobcats led 72-66. The Eagles had three turnovers and missed three shots during the stretch.
Montana State (10-12, 7-5 Big Sky) has won three of four. Eastern Washington (8-14, 6-5) had its three-game win streak snapped.
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• Don Johnson, an All-America guard on two of coach John Wooden’s earliest teams at UCLA, has died. He was 88.