ASU Basketball Minute 12-21-2012

The ASU Sun Devils had an up and down week that started with them getting man handled by a more athletic and physical team in the DePaul Blue Demons.

The Sun Devils came out and promptly split their first six free throws and left points on the board they couldn’t afford to do. That was echoed after the game by coach Herb Sendek.

Then at the fifteen minute mark of the first half, the Devils seemed to have lost their concentration and their energy as the Blue Demons just flat out took over the game. The Blue Demons didn’t do any one thing great but they were consistent. The Devils on the other hand were only consistently bad from the 3-point line 1 – 6 (16%) and the free throw line 6 – 13 (46%) and that told the story.

The second half was worse than the first for the Devils both offensively and defensively as they shot 40% and allowed DePaul to shot 55% from the field. Their energy seemed to dissipate as the half went on and a 9-point halftime deficit quickly turned to a 22-point deficit.

The Devils Carrick Felix said they seemed to lose all the 50-50 balls ad DePaul out worked them in that area. A frustrated coach Sendek said to “ask Carrick” after the game when asked about his thoughts on that.

The final score was 78 – 61 as the Devils failed to exact revenge on the Blue Demons for their embarrassing loss last season during the Old Spice tournament.

After the loss, the Dartmouth Big Green came to town and it was just the “get right game” the Devils needed as they expectedly handled the Big Green disposing of them 61 – 42.

The athleticism of Carrick Felix was on display as he scored 13 points and added 14 rebounds. Add 18 points from Jahii Carson and a 15 – 3 second half run and the Devils were too much for the big Green.

The Devils ran their record to 9 – 2 with only two games left, a road visit to Texas Tech and a home tilt with Coppin State before Pac 12 conference play begins.

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