Sun Devils shake of senior night to beat Cal
After a lackluster start that saw the Arizona State Sun Devils trail the California Golden Bears 34 – 28 at halftime, the Sun Devils rebounded with a 28 – 10 run to start the second half and never looked back in their 69 – 59 victory.
It was senior night for ASU, as it was the last home game of the season. Seniors Zylan Cheatham and De’Quon Lake were presented with a plaque and video tribute before tipoff and it seemed to emotionally slow down the team.
“Zylan and Lake they were both very emotional. Those games are really tricky and difficult when you add something like that out of the normal like routine,” Sun Devils head coach Bobby Hurley said.
When asked what he said to the team at halftime, Hurley said, “ I said what needed to be said. It wasn’t good for them and for me, for my health.”
Sun Devils point guard Remy Martin on Harley’s halftime talk, “Very motivation words,” he said laughing, “He was coach Hurley. He let us know, and we took it with good intensions then we went out and we did our thing. He gave us a minute of two of what he thought.”
The SunDevil completely turned the game around in the second half by shooting 57% from the field versus 25% in the first half and holding Cal to 33% shooting in the second half versus 40% in the first.
The Sun Devils were led in soring by Luguentz Dort with 22 and Rob Edwards with 16.
Cheatham had 12 rebounds and 8 points just missing a double/double to which he said, “I really wanted 2 more points.”
This was the type of game the Sun Devils needed to win, as they have been a team all year that, at times, answers big wins or streaks, with a bad loss.
This win gave the Sun Devils their tenth victory in conference (10 – 5) and their nineteenth (19 – 5) victory of the season.