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Brock Motum was unable to get going, and ASU's freshman point guard came up big down the stretch.
The Cougars dared the Sun Devils to beat them with the long-range shot all night, but a late layup from ASU freshman Jahii Carson was the final dagger. Arizona State was able to escape Pullman with a 63-59 win as WSU lost yet another game where they held a lead in the second half.
The key late-game sequence came after WSU had battled back from down seven to tie the game at 58, with the help of Royce Woolridge, and were able to get a stop with 1:36 to play. Brock Motum secured the rebound, but had it stolen away by Carrick Felix. Carson would then complete a three-point play to put the Sun Devils up for good.
WSU gave Carson the outside shot, and he struggled early. He eventually was able to get to good looks in transition to get going and finished with 25 points on 10 of 19 shooting.
Three-pointers were kind to WSU early, as they hit on 7 of their first 12 from beyond the arc. That didn't continue, as the Cougars would make just two of their final 11 threes. They struggled mightily from two for most of the game, making just 10 of 25.
Mike Ladd had another efficient game, scoring 14 points on 5 of 9 shooting with no turnovers and grabbing seven boards. Woolridge scored late to finish with the high game at 16 points.
Brock Motum struggled to get free, and scored just 11 points on 3 of 13 from the field. He did finish with his second-straight double-double, snaring 11 rebounds.
The loss drops WSU to 2-6 in conference play, while ASU moves to 6-2. Things aren't getting any easier with No. 8 Arizona coming to town on Saturday.