Cougars Offense Struggles Again In Loss At Arizona State
(1090 The Fan) — Jermaine Marshall and Arizona State continued Washington State’s struggles, controlling Sunday’s contest over the last 20 minutes to secure a 66-47 victory, Sunday.
Marshall scored 26 points on 9-for-14 shooting, including 4-for-7 from 3-point range to lead the Sun Devils. Sophomore point guard Jahii Carson scored 14 points and Kentridge High School alum, Shaquielle McKissic, added 12 points and nine rebounds.
It was just a 4-point Arizona State (12-3, 1-1) lead after the first half, as the Cougars did a good job to cut what was an 11-point deficit midway through to the 27-23 margin that the Sun Devils had.
However, the Sun Devils came out and built that lead up to as many as 23 points thanks to the play of Marshall and a defense that held the Cougars to a meager 34 percent field-goal shooting.
Washington State (7-7, 0-2) once again struggled to score points after being limited to just 25 against the No. 1 Wildcats, Thursday.
Leading scoring DeVonte Lacy returned to the starting lineup, but scored just four points on 2-for-6 shooting. Lacy averages nearly 19 points a game for the Cougars, while the team’s next leading scorer, Royce Woolridge, is down at 10 points-per-game.
On Sunday, the team was led by Que Johnson’s 18 points. Beyond Johnson’s contributions, there wasn’t much to speak positively about. D.J. Shelton scored five points and grabbed seven rebounds down in the paint and Ike Iroegbu provided seven points on the bench.
Quite simply, that just wasn’t good enough against an Arizona State team looking to bounce back after suffering a conference season opening loss to Washington back earlier in the week. Cougars head coach Ken Bone will have to find a way to get the offense going after a difficult road trip through Arizona.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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