After letting a 10-point second-half lead lose and losing first-place UCLA at the dying seconds, Arizona State returns home on Tuesday night to face Washington in Tempe, Ariz.
The Sun Devils had played a solid game on Saturday before going goalless at 2:41 the final against UCLA as the Bruins finished 10-3 to escape with an 80-79 decision.
For Arizona State (7-11, 4-8 Pac-12) it was the third defeat in four games, but now the Sun Devils are back home, where they have won three of their last four. This week, they face Washington twice (Tuesday and Thursday), followed by Saturday’s game against Washington State.
Tuesday’s match against Washington was originally scheduled for January 2.
It’s been a tough year for the Huskies (5-17, 4-13) overall, but they are in one of the more positive stretches, having won two of their last three games.
Top scorer Washington Quade Green (14.9 points per game) led the Huskies by 17 points Saturday in a 62-51 win over California, residents of the Pac-12 cellar. Green shot 6-for-11 and finished with six rebounds while Jamal Bey scored 15 points and nine rebounds. Marcus Tsohonis came off the bench to score 10 points.
The offensive run for the Huskies, who have nine assists from 21 field goals, is a welcome sight for one of the teams with the worst goalscorers in the country (66.1 points per game).
“Today, we passed the ball, everyone touched the ball and we (had) open shots,” said Green. “I think that’s the big key.”
Arizona State played unscathed by Marcus Bagley and Josh Christopher, but both had a chance to return against the Huskies.
Remy Martin (20.3) led the Sun Devils’ side against UCLA with 25 points and scored the first eight points to help build on their early lead. Alonzo Verge Jr. and Kimani Lawrence each contributed 18 points.
“I think we played really well through the majority of the game,” said Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley. “We just didn’t make one more game needed to win, whether it was a defensive rebound or someone taking a shot. When the game ended, we just made too many mistakes in the last two minutes of play.”
Arizona State has won five of the last nine meetings.