Arizona State (17-8, 8-4 Pac-12) continues to roll, as the Sun Devils swept their Bay Area road trip by picking up an 80-75 victory over California (10-15, 4-8 Pac-12) on Sunday afternoon in Berkeley.
Offensively, ASU was led by two familiar sources for scoring, as junior guards Remy Martin and Alonzo Verge Jr. both had 22 points in the contest.
Similar to their last game at Stanford, the duo continued to shine. Martin finished shooting 7-10 from the floor, and he was 3-3 from three-point range.
As for Verge, he was 6-16 and 10-11 from the charity stripe. His ability to create space and find the open lane off the dribble has continued to impress, and he showcased that ability once more on Sunday.
One other Sun Devil in double-figures was junior forward Romello White, who finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds to pick up a double-double.
ASU shot nearly 50 percent from the field, and after being tied at halftime, the team continued to push in the second half. The Sun Devils never got into the second gear that allowed them to pull away, but they were able to pull out a gritty win where the game was close throughout.
The sweep of the Bay Area teams also means that ASU is on a five-game Pac-12 winning streak, which is the program’s first since 2009.
The group also remained just half a game back of first place in the conference, as No. 17 Oregon, No. 16 Colorado, and Arizona are all in a bout for the top seed.
Needless to say, the Sun Devils next matchup will have a lot to say about how their regular season conference title fate pans out. This coming Thursday, the Devils have a date with the Ducks in Tempe.
After a rollercoaster of a non-conference slate, ASU is suddenly right in the thick of contending for a postseason berth.
With just six games to play, head coach Bobby Hurley and his team will have to take care of business to find their way into the Big Dance.
Thus, after a road sweep up North, ASU will return to Tempe with a chance at an upset on the line.