USC Falls to Arizona State, 79-60
Jan. 10, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Byron Wesley led USC with 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, but the Trojans lost to Arizona State 79-60 on Thursday night, snapping the Trojans' nine-game winning streak at home.
Wesley was the only player in double figures for USC (9-6, 0-2), which won its first seven games at Galen Center this season and its last two last season.
Jordan Bachynski had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Arizona State, while Jahii Carson scored 18 points despite being held scoreless for the first 15 minutes.
Shaquielle McKissic had 12 points and eight rebounds and Jermaine Marshall added 10 points for the Sun Devils (13-3, 2-1 Pac-12), who won for the sixth time in seven games. Seven of the previous nine games between the teams were decided by six points or fewer, but this one wasn't close most of the way.
The Sun Devils led 44-28 at halftime thanks mainly to USC's poor shooting (12 of 35, including 2 of 10 from 3-point range) and 11 turnovers. ASU shot 7-for-20 before making seven of its last nine shots in the half and was 6 of 12 from beyond the arc.
ASU wound up shooting 46.4 percent (26 of 56) to USC's 36.1 percent (22 of 61). The Sun Devils had 13 turnovers, the Trojans committed 16.
Neither team led by more than three points until ASU outscored USC 9-2 for a 22-15 lead with 7:19 left before halftime, putting the Sun Devils ahead for good.
Carson, averaging 18.7 points entering the game, was blanked until scoring five straight points in a span of 18 seconds to extend ASU's lead to 32-19 with 4:35 left in the half. Carson missed four field goals and two free throws before scoring his first points.
The Trojans, coming off a 107-73 loss to crosstown rival UCLA, scored the first six points of the second half to draw within 10, but ASU responded with a 9-1 run for a 53-35 lead with 16 1/2 minutes remaining. USC wasn't closer than 15 points after that.
Both teams return to action Sunday night - USC entertains No. 1 Arizona and ASU plays at UCLA. The Wildcats (16-0, 3-0) beat the Bruins (12-13, 1-1) 79-75 at Pauley Pavilion earlier Thursday night.
The Trojans' first five Pac-12 opponents entered Thursday night's action with a cumulative record of 65-10.