Tale of the tape: ASU 69, WSU 57

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FROM TEMPE — The Washington State losing streak is at seven now after a deflating 69-57 loss at Arizona State. We have our usual recap after the jump, so read on.


PLAYER OF THE GAME — Carrick Felix made three of his five 3-point attempts, shot 7-of-11 from the field, grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 23 points to lead Arizona State. Jahii Carson added 21 points and five assists, and was also instrumental in facilitating those crucial buckets from Jordan Bachynski down the stretch. But Felix's 3s paced ASU during its smaller run to open the half and run out to a 21-point lead, which was ultimately too big of a hole for WSU to ascend.

PLAY OF THE GAME — Jahii Carson took the ball the length of the court, parted WSU's defense like the crimson sea, then elevated for a 2-handed dunk — his second of the season — to put ASU ahead 25-19 with 5:19 left in the first half. The crowd rather enjoyed it.

STAT OF THE GAME — ASU shared the basketball particularly well, totaling 18 assists on 23 made  field goals. And the Sun Devils made their free throws down the stretch to thwart any thoughts of the Cougars cutting that lead closer than eight points. ASU finished 15-for-18 from the line. Oddly enough, the Sun Devils finished with just two fast-break points. WSU had four.

QUOTABLE — “That’s who they are. They’re  just trying as hard as they can and do whatever they can to fight and scratch and get a win, but we got beat by a better team tonight.” — coach Ken Bone on WSU's effort

UP NEXT — A tough trip to McKale Center for a 12 p.m. game Saturday at Arizona. The Wildcats pasted washington, 70-52, on Wednesday night, and are ranked 12th in the country. They beat WSU 79-65 in Pullman on Feb. 2.

Christian Caple can be reached at christianc@spokesman.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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