January 29, 2009 in Sports

Cougars beat No. 14 Arizona State

Associated Press
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Arizona State’s Jeff Pendergraph, right, knocks away the ball from Washington State’s DeAngelo Casto.
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TEMPE, Ariz. — Freshman Klay Thompson scored a season-high 28 points and was 8-of-10 from 3-point range to lead Washington State to a 65-55 victory over No. 14 Arizona State tonight.

Aron Baynes had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Cougars (12-8, 4-4 Pac-10), who beat a ranked team for the first time in five games this season.

James Harden scored 26 points to lead the Sun Devils (16-4, 5-3.

It was Washington State’s fifth straight win over the Sun Devils, who haven’t beaten the Cougars since March 4, 2006. The Sun Devils came into the game having won four of five and 12 of 14.

Arizona State shot 18-of-46 from the field (39 percent), including 6-of-24 in the second half.

Thompson hit his first seven 3-point attempts, the last of which gave the Cougars a 41-39 lead with 13:13 left. He missed two of the next three from 3, but DeAngelo Castos’ follow with 5:48 left gave Washington State a 51-45 lead. Taylor Rochestie hit a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left on the shot clock to give the Cougars a 54-49 lead with 3:33 left.

Rihards Kuksiks, the nation’s leading 3-point shooter at 47 percent, missed his eighth in 10 tries just 30 seconds later and Arizona State never got closer.

The Cougars made seven free throws in the final minute to secure the win.

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