ASU Falls Short Against Washington State

Amidst officiating controversies, Harden's final second shot too short for victory
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2008 12:33 AM CST
Washington State guard Taylor Rochestie, front, drives along the baseline against Arizona State guard Jamelle McMillan during the second half of a basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, in Tempe, Ariz....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Sun Devils were a rim short last night, losing to Washington State 56-55,  the Arizona Republic reports. Freshman star James Harden's shot with eight seconds remaining in regulation fell just short, spoiling what would have been an epic end to the final minutes of play in which ASU scored 7 unanswered points leading up to that last driving effort.

"We just didn't come up with the victory, I didn't come up with it," said Harden, who finished with a game high 25. ASU coach Herb Sendek was critical of the officiating, including the lack of a call against the Cougars in those crucial final seconds. "You guys saw what I saw," said Sendek after the game.