The Arizona State Sun Devils recorded a season-high in Tucson Sunday night. No, it was not a season-high in points, or assists or 3-point shooting. It was a season-high in turnovers, as the Sun Devils coughed the ball up 22 times in a 73-49 defeat on the road against Arizona.
Turnover problems are nothing new for the Sun Devils, who came into the contest averaging 14.5 turnovers per game. Against the No. 8 team in the country, ASU could not get out of its own way, turning the ball over 6 times in its first 16 possessions and 13 times in the first 15 minutes of the game.
The Sun Devils hung around for about five minutes of the game. Arizona made four of their first five 3-point baskets of the game, and started 5-7 from beyond the arc. Arizona used a 15-1 run early in the first half to open up a 21-8 lead with 12:31 left in the first half.
Savon Goodman, who had led the Sun Devils in scoring the past two games, was in foul trouble most of the game and did not have a very large impact. Goodman picked up his second foul less than six minutes into the game, he scored just two points and three rebounds. No Sun Devil scored in double figures.
Arizona built a 27-13 first-half lead, starting 9-15 from the field. ASU started just 5-13 from the field and trailed 45-25 at halftime.
The second half featured more of the same, the Sun Devils struggled to find an offensive rhythm against the size of Arizona, particularly the frontcourt. Eric Jacobsen scored just five points on 1-5 shooting and grabbed just four rebounds. ASU has a team shot 33 percent from the field and just 5-17 from beyond the arc.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brandon Ashley and Stanley Johnson each scored 13 points. Arizona received 28 points from its bench, as 10 Wildcats scored against ASU. Gerry Blakes led the Sun Devils with nine points, Roosevelt Scott and Shaquille McKissic added eight points each.
Up next for the Sun Devils is a trip to Oregon next weekend, beginning with a matchup against Oregon State on Thursday night.