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ASU Vs. Tulsa: Sun Devils Play Big Down The Stretch, Win 67-64

The Sun Devils started out fast and ended the game in much the same way, recording their first road victory of the season along the way.
The Sun Devils started out fast and ended the game in much the same way, recording their first road victory of the season along the way.

The Arizona St. Sun Devils took the court for the first time since last Sunday, hoping to make up for their 68-64 loss to the DePaul Blue Demons. After a back-and-forth contest, the Sun Devils emerged with a 67-64 victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

ASU got off to a hot start but watched the Golden Hurricane start clawing their way back into the game. The Sun Devils, who were up 12-4 early on, claimed a slim 32-30 halftime lead.

Tulsa fought back early in the second half and took the lead, putting the Sun Devils on their heels as Tulsa moved ahead by as many as five points. The back-and-forth game reached a decisive point with under five minutes left, as both teams remained tied at 54-54.

The Sun Devils took advantage, scoring on layups by Carrick Felix and Keala King with an and-one free throw coming for King. ASU moved to 58-54 with just minutes left, giving them enough space to secure a 67-64 victory.

King led the Sun Devils in scoring, posting 18 points on seven-of-nine shooting. Felix and Kyle Cain also were double-digit scorers for the Sun Devils, scoring 10 and 11 points, respectively.

The Sun Devils shot well from the three-point line (four-of-seven for 57.1%) but struggled from the free-throw line (13-of-22 for 59.1%). For the game, ASU connected on 59.5% of their field goals (25-of-42), far greater than the 41.1% (23-of-56) that the Golden Hurricane shot.

ASU moves to 3-4 on the season after its first road win of the year. The Sun Devils return home to play the Nevada Wolf Pack on Wednesday.