Thursday night was the same old story for the Arizona St. Sun Devils against a Stanford Cardinal team that had lost three in a row. Despite Stanford's lack of momentum heading into this game, the Cardinal put up more than enough points to outpace ASU 68-44 by night's end.
Without leading scorer and facilitator (due to a shortage of guards) Trent Lockett, the Sun Devils only scored 20 and 24 points in each half. Only Jordan Bachynski registered double-digits points, with a career-high 24, while the rest of the team managed a combined 20 points. Yes, Bachnyski had more than half of ASU's points on this night.
The game was close through the first half, with ASU trailing only 28-20 heading into the locker room. However, the Sun Devils scored only three points during the opening 6:30 of the second half, and the Cardinal pulled away by scoring consistently.
Things don't get any easier for ASU: they take on the 7-2 Cal Golden Bears (who are taking on the Arizona Wildcats at the moment) on Saturday. Head coach Herb Sendek also announced post-game that Lockett will not play against the Golden Bears this weekend and will instead target a return next week. If ASU can't find an offensive spark without Lockett, Saturday could turn into another long affair for Herb Sendek and his players.