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Washington State gets hot hand in the desert, stuns Arizona State 91-70

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019

Washington State forward Marvin Cannon  celebrates his dunk against Arizona State during the first half  Thursday  in Tempe, Ariz. (Matt York / AP)
Washington State forward Marvin Cannon celebrates his dunk against Arizona State during the first half Thursday in Tempe, Ariz. (Matt York / AP)
Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. – Robert Franks Jr. matched his career high with 34 points and Washington State stunned Arizona State with a dominant 91-70 victory over the Sun Devils on Thursday night.

The Cougars (9-14, 2-8 Pac-12) snapped a five-game losing streak and won on the road for the first time this season.

Arizona State (15-7, 6-4) had won four of five and figured to be headed into an important game Saturday against Pac-12 leader Washington. But the Sun Devils were derailed before they got to the Huskies.

Franks, who scored 34 last season against California, made 11 of 16 shots, 5 of 8 3-pointers, and grabbed 13 rebounds. Marvin Cannon added 13 for Washington State.

Luguentz Dort scored 22 for Arizona State. Kimani Lawrence added 13.

The big difference came from long range. The Cougars made 12 of 29 3s, while the Sun Devils were a dismal 3 of 28.

The Cougars, whose only other conference win was at home against California, took a double-digit lead early and never were seriously threatened as Arizona State added this loss to other pratfalls against Utah, Princeton and Stanford by a Sun Devils team that expected to contend in the Pac-12.

Franks scored eight in a 15-5 run that put Washington State up 25-14 with 9:50 to play. Arizona State never got closer than seven the rest of the game.

Frank’s fourth 3-pointer of the half, followed by a layup by Isaiah Wade, put Washington State up 46-30 with 3:19 left in the half. That basket, followed by two free throws by Marvin Cannon, gave the Cougars their biggest lead of the half, 50-32, with a minute left. They led 50-33 at the break.

Franks made 8 of 11 shots, including 4 of 5 3s, for 23 first-half points. He also grabbed eight rebounds.

The Sun Devils went the final 5:41 of the half without a field goal.

Washington State led by as many as 26 in the second half.

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