Washington St.'s Defense Traps ASU

No. 17 Cougars shut down Sun Devils for fourth straight win
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Feb 22, 2008 12:35 AM CST
Arizona State's Jamelle McMillan, right, fouls Washington State's Taylor Rochestie late in the second half of Washington State's 59 - 47 win at Friel Court in Pullman, Wash., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – No. 17 Washington State showed why it has the third-best defense in the country last night as it held Arizona State to 33% shooting in a 59-47 Pac-10 win, reports the Associated Press. The Cougars defense was so good that the offense went six minutes without a basket, yet WSU was never threatened. The Sun Devils were held to 21 points under their season average.

The Cougars (21-5, 9-5) have won four straight and swept the Sun Devils (16-9, 6-7) for the second consecutive year. Aron Baynes and Taylor Rochestie both had 10 points and six rebounds for Washington State, which shot 54% in the first half and 43% for the game. Freshman James Harden led Arizona State with 10 points.