Friday, March 13, 2009

Halftime: Arizona State 38, Washington 21

At 20-13 Arizona State, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar tore into his team for launching 3-pointers and taking ill-advised shots. Well... the Sun Devils went on a 18-8 run after that chat, so that tells you what you need to know about the first half. The Huskies shot 23 percent in the first 20 minutes and missed four free throws.

Arizona State actually trailed 11-5 in the first half but Washington was putrid offensively for the final 12-plus minutes. Any team playing Arizona State knows the worst way to attack the Sun Devils is allowing James Harden to get going early, and his has 15 first-half points and a little scrape with Washington's Justin Dentmon following a mid-court foul in the first half.

Ty Abbott added 12 points, which is a shock because Abbott has struggled with his shooting stroke all season. He shot 34 percent before the Pac-10 Tournament and 23 percent from the 3-point line. In the first half he was 5-for-8 from the field and canned two 3-pointers.

His lone miscue was a foul on Dentmon with 1.5 seconds left in the half that resulted in a four-point play.

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