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Arizona State put an end to losing streak, sweep Utah

© Rob Gray | 2024 Feb 10
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The Arizona State Sun Devils (12-12, 6-7 in Pac-12) put together an 85-77 victory in a road matchup with the Utah Utes (15-9, 6-7 in Pac-12) Saturday.

Shooting improvements

The Sun Devils did what they had not been able to do during their five-game losing streak, convert at the three-point line.

In the first 20 minutes of play against Utah, Arizona State knocked down seven threes. While they went on to shoot just three-of-12 in the second half, the team was still overall efficient from beyond the arc.

After trailing by as much as nine in the first half, the Sun Devils turned it up during the final 20 minutes. They outscored the Utes 45-35 in the second half.

ASU had four scores in double-digits, including a 21 point performence from Jose Perez. This helped hold off a dominant game from Utah center Branden Carlson, who finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds.

The Sun Devils once again benefited from forcing turnovers and capitalizing on them. They now have a performence to build off going forward.

 

Key Stats

ASU: Field goals: 32/69 (46.4%), 3 Pointers: 10/24 (41.7%), Free throws: 11/15 (73.3%)

Utah: Field goals: 31/67 (46.3%), 3 Pointers: 9/32 (28.1%), Free throws: 6/13 (46.2%)

 

ASU: 32 total rebounds, 10 turnovers, 21 points off turnovers

Utah: 37 total rebounds, 13 turnovers, 16 points off turnovers

 

Next Up for Arizona State

This was a much-needed victory for the Sun Devils, as they attempt to make a late-season run.

They will next face the Oregon State Beavers (11-13, 3-10 in Pac-12) on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST. The Beavers defeated the Sun Devils 84-71 just two weeks ago.

With seven regular-season games remaining, ASU will need to keep it rolling to have a shot at any tournament play.

 

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Saleh Awwad is a writer/reporter covering the Arizona State Sun Devils, Phoenix High School Sports, and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @SalehAwwad_

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