On a night in which your best player scores a career-high 32 points and your squad as a whole shoots 63.8% from the field, you would normally expect to win.
Well, unfortunately that was not the case for the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday night.
Defensive issues plagued the Sun Devils all night long on the road at Washington as Arizona State dropped a tough contest by a final score of 96-92. Credit the Huskies for the victory, as it was well deserved. Six players for head coach Lorenzo Romar scored in double-figures offensively as Andrew Andrews led the way with 20 points in the win.
Arizona State star freshman Jahii Carson was the best player on the court, but it came in a losing effort. Carson scored a career-high 32 points on Saturday night, shooting the ball at an impressive 13-of-19 clip. However, Carson and the Sun Devils could not outscore Washington in this fast-tempo affair.
As the dust settles from the Sun Devils’ loss however, it comes as a missed opportunity in their pursuit of conference supremacy. Arizona State continues to exceed expectations this season, while the loss to Washington snaps a three-game winning streak. At 17-5 overall and 6-3 within the conference, the Sun Devils still have the makeup of a team bound for the NCAA Tournament.
However, that pursuit of a berth in the Big Dance must steady on the fact that there is still tons of basketball to be played. The good news is that despite the tough loss, the Sun Devils will return home for a pair of winnable games this week.
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