Arizona State hopes for better shot in Washington State rematch

February 10, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Bobby Hurley (center) stands on the field during a second half against the Washington Huskies at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion Alaska Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State would like to forget its first game against Washington State this season.

In the Pac-12 Conference opener, the Sun Devils shot just 21.1 percent from the floor (12 of 57) in a 51-29 loss on Dec. 1 in Tempe, Arizona.

The teams are to meet Saturday night in Pullman, Washington.

“I would definitely give credit to the Washington State defense, I thought they were outstanding,” Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley said after that game. “That being said, it was disappointing for us in attack. I had a lot of teams here who could score points. Tonight was as ineffective an attacking performance as ever, as a player and as a coach. is disappointing, terribly bad, so we have to figure out how to do better.

While that may have been the low point of the season for the Sun Devils (7-15, 3-9 Pac-12), the high point undoubtedly came last Saturday. That’s when they got angry so-No. 3 UCLA 87-84 in triple overtime behind Marreon Jackson’s 24 points.

“You know, there were a lot of games this season where there were only two or three games where we could have won,” Jackson said. “We just build, it all builds the character of games like this. I hope we will build from this game, run, move forward.

This does not happen.

The Sun Devils lost a 91-79 decision to No. 4 Arizona on Monday and an 87-64 loss to Washington three nights later. Arizona State has lost six of its last seven games overall.

The Cougars (14-8, 7-4) rode a five-game winning streak Thursday, losing 72-60 at home to Arizona.

Michael Flowers led the Cougars with 16 points, though he shot 7 of 19 from the floor.

Washington State was just 8 of 32 from 3-point range.

“We have to play better. It’s as simple as that,” Cougars coach Kyle Smith said. “We have to shoot. You’re not going to beat a team that shoots as well as we did.

–Field level media

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