Arizona State holds off Washington State, wins 58-55

Marreon Jackson and Jalen Graham scored 14 points apiece and Arizona State (8-15, 4-9 Pac-12) held off Washington State for a 58-55 victory

ByThe Associated Press
February 13, 2022, 1:07 AM
Arizona State forward Alonzo Gaffney (32) tries to shoot the ball as Washington State forward Efe Abogidi (0) blocks his shot and Washington State guard T.J. Bamba (5) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 12
Arizona State forward Alonzo Gaffney (32) tries to shoot the ball as Washington State forward Efe Abogidi (0) blocks his shot and Washington State guard T.J. Bamba (5) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/August Frank)
The Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Marreon Jackson and Jalen Graham scored 14 points apiece and Arizona State held off Washington State for a 58-55 victory on Saturday night.

Arizona State took the lead for good with 15:48 to play and led by as many as eight. Tyrell Roberts made consecutive 3-pointers to pull the Cougars to 53-52 with 2:53 left, but Jackson answered with a 3 and Graham a jumper to extend the lead to 58-52.

Michael Flowers’ 3-pointer pulled Washington State within three and the Cougars then forced a turnover with 23.2 left. But Roberts’ 3-point attempt from the top of the arc hit the front of the rim.

Yet Arizona State had another turnover on the inbounds pass on its next possession following a timeout with 4.2 left. The Cougars turned the ball over on a cross-court pass on the inbounds to end it.

Luther Muhammad added 12 points for Arizona State (8-15, 4-9 Pac-12), which shot 56% (14 of 25) in the second half and finished with 33 points from the bench compared to 14 by the Cougars.

Roberts scored 14 points with four 3-pointers for Washington State (14-9, 7-5). Mouhamed Gueye added 12 points. Flowers, who has averaged 18.8 points in the last four games, finished with six on a pair of 3-pointers.

The Cougars made 10 shots from long range but finished 18-of-59 (30.5%) shooting from the field.

Arizona State snapped a two-game skid since upsetting then-No. 3 UCLA 87-84 in triple overtime on Feb. 5.

Washington State, which lost to fourth-ranked Arizona on Thursday, has lost consecutive games since ending a five-game winning streak.

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