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Arizona State Shoots 29% to Fall Behind 32-17 at Halftime

I don’t know if this is their worst half of the year, but it was a terrible first half for the Arizona State Sun Devils. They only scored 10 points in the last 18 minutes of the half. They fall behind BYU 32-17.

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Arizona State started incredibly fast. It was the best start to a game by far for ASU. Two Jamiya Neal jumpers and a Frankie Collins three-pointer gave them an early 7-3 lead on 3/3 shooting. It looked like ASU had finally found their offense. However, just like usual, it didn’t last long. It ended there.

Arizona State didn’t score again until a Braelon Green layup 9 minutes later. Arizona State missed the previous ten shots and four free throws. However, BYU couldn’t hit anything either. They made the occasional bucket and went on a 9-0 run, but it wasn’t pretty. The Cougars missed plenty of shots, too, and instead of taking advantage of ASU’s cold streak, they kept ASU in the game. They missed thirteen baskets in the same nine minutes that ASU didn’t score.

The second ASU finally broke the stretch, BYU drained two threes to double the lead to 18-9. ASU only made four baskets for the rest of the half. Meanwhile, BYU caught fire, scoring 14 points in the final five minutes to take a 32-17 lead into halftime. The Cougars were led by Noah Waterman, who had 13 points, including three three-pointers. He also brought down five rebounds in the first half. Spencer Johnson and Trey Stewart had six and five points respectively.

Arizona State was led by Frankie Collins, who had seven. Jamiya Neal also had six, but Collins had three steals to go along with the eight he had in the last game versus UMass-Lowell. 

Arizona State only shot 29% from the field, going 8/28 and 1/11 from three. The Cougars shot 35% from the field but nearly 38% from 3. The Cougars are one of the best three-point shooting teams in college basketball, and they are showing why tonight. For the fourth straight game, can the Sun Devils’ offense get hot in the second half to pull a comeback?

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