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Dominant second half performance helps propel Sun Devils over Oregon State

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The Arizona State Sun Devils (13-12, 7-7) put together a 79-61 victory against the Oregon State Beavers (11-14, 3-11) on Wednesday night.

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Bench spark

Head coach Bobby Hurley made another adjustment, bringing junior Jamiya Neal off the bench for the first time this season.

After sitting for the first three minutes of the game, Neal checked in and did not sit for the remainder of the half.

Giving the team an immediate spark, the junior scored nine of ASU’s 33 first-half points.

“Jamiya is one of our best players and he had a great attitude about it (coming off the bench), knowing that’s what a winning player will do,” Hurley said.

The Sun Devils were having trouble containing Tyler Bilodeau early on, as the sophomore had 14 first-half points for the Beavers.

After trailing by as much as nine in the first half, Oregon State was able to climb back, tying the game at 33 through 20 minutes of play.



Second-half dominance

Arizona State came out in the second half firing on all cylinders. The team began the half on a 26-5 run and quickly ran away with the lead.

A significant factor during the victory was the rebounding battle.

Oregon State outrebounded the Sun Devils by double-digits during their last meeting. However, ASU’s hustle and effort were evident on Wednesday as they outrebounded the Beavers 31-28.

“We’re shooting great, we had 30 made field goals in tonight’s game,” Hurley said. “Making shots like that, it gives you a better chance to hang in on the backboard.”

The Sun Devils took advantage of turnovers as they have been all season long. They scored 18 points off Oregon State’s 14 turnovers.

Led by Neal’s 21 points, Arizona State had four double-digit scorers.

“I feel like tonight we had our game rolling and we just have to keep that going,” Neal said.


Key Stats

Arizona State: Field goals: 30/52 (57.7%), 3 Pointers: 7/20 (35.0%), Free throws: 12/16 (75.0%)

Oregon State: Field goals: 25/56 (44.6%), 3 Pointers: 5/18 (27.8%), Free throws: 6/10 (60.0%)


Arizona State: 31 total rebounds, 15 turnovers, 18 points off turnovers

Oregon State: 28 total rebounds, 14 turnovers, 8 points off turnovers


Next Up for Sun Devils

The Sun Devils now secure their second-straight victory after suffering a five-game losing streak prior.

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ASU next travel to face their in-state rival Arizona Wildcats (19-5, 10-3) on Saturday, Feb. 17 @ 7:30 p.m. MST. This is the teams’ first of two meetings over the next couple of weeks.

The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 5 in the country and have won six of their last seven games.

This will be a tough matchup but one that the Sun Devils are well-prepared for.

“This is an enormous challenge in front of us on Saturday against a team that rarely loses on their home floor,” Hurley said.



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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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