On a day when snow uncharacteristically fell on the desert floor, the Arizona State Sun Devils were uncharacteristically hot. Riding 52% first half shooting, and a first stanza where Jahii Carson and Carrick Felix outscored the other team all by themselves, ASU (20-7 overall, 9-5 conference) cruised to a 69-57 victory over the Washington State Cougars Wednesday night in Tempe.
Felix, the 6'6" swing man from Goodyear, Arizona, finished the game with 23 points and would have likely had more had he not been taken out with three fouls early in the second half. His absence was accounted for by Carson, who finished with 21 points, as well as center Jordan Bachynski, who tallied 12 points on five for eight shooting from the field and a pair of free throws.
Washington State (11-16, 2-12) only drew within single digits on a couple of second half occasions, The Cougars were led by Brock Motum and Royce Woolridge with 17 points and 16 points respectively. Motum contributed six rebounds but the Cougars as a whole were outrebounded on the night 34-20.
The weekend's task hardly gets easier for the Cougars as they travel to Tucson for a Saturday afternoon game against the twelfth ranked Arizona Wildcats at the McKale Center. That game, noon Pacific time, will be available on Fox Sports Net nationwide, as well as on Root Sports Northwest locally.