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WSU trails 33-25 after disruptive start


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Some of the WSU players were late to team events on the trip, so they either were not in the starting lineup (Marcus Capers and DeAngelo Casto) or have yet to come off the bench (James Watson). Add to that Klay Thompson picked up two fouls in the first 3 minutes, 25 seconds and you have a recipe for a rout. Which is what happened in the first 9 minutes. The Sun Devils went on a 16-0 run fueled by WSU's lack of patience on the offensive end, inability to get back on defense and a general disruption of the substitution pattern due to the discipline. The run gave ASU a 10-point lead, which it quickly expanded to as much as 15 with a string of 3-pointers. WSU coach Ken Bone took a chance by bringing Thompson back with 7:46 left. It paid off as the Cougars chipped into the ASU lead and Thompson did not pick up a third before the half. Which doesn't mean Bone was happy with the officiating. Thompson seemed to score with less than a minute left on a Eric Boateng goaltend, but there was no whistle. Bone walked off the court expressing his displeasure with official Larry Spaulding.




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