The stats are not easy to look at. Arizona State shot at a 56 percent clip from the free throw line in Friday night's loss against Sacramento State, and their mark from three-point range was a horrid 11.8 percent. There were sloppy stretches where simple passes went uncaught, and poor execution on easy fast break opportunities.
When it boils down to it, basketball is a pretty simple game. If you shoot the ball decently and limit the amount of mental mistakes that are made, odds are you have a good shot at getting out with a win. The Sun Devils did neither against the Hornets, and they paid a costly price as a result.