Jan. 15, 2000
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP and staff sources) - Eddie House scored 25 points as Arizona State rolled to an 81-64 victory over Washington State on Saturday.
The victory was the third straight for the Sun Devils (11-4, 3-1 Pac-10) and their seventh in the last eight games.
Washington State (0-4, 5-8) lost its fifth in a row.
House, who tied a conference record with 61 points Jan. 8 at California, entered the game averaging 36 points a game in his last seven outings.
He scored 12 points in the first five minutes before Washington State switched to a triangle-and-two defense, meaning House was hounded constantly by two Cougars.
At the time, Arizona State led 16-8. The move backfired as other Sun Devils found themselves open and Washington State trailed 43-25 at halftime.
The Cougars cut the deficit to 51-41 seven minutes into the second half, but Arizona State countered with a nine-point run to pull away.
Awvee Storey and Shawn Redhage each finished with 16 points for the Sun Devils.
Chris Crosby scored 18 and Mike Bush 15 to pace Washington State. Eddie Miller continued his strong play since returning to the lineup five games ago. The Reseda, Calif., native scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds, missing his third double-double in four games by one rebound.
Additional Notes and Quotes
WSU Head Coach Paul Graham
"Eddie House is a very good player, but I've always said it's a five-on-five game. We did an O.K. job of denying him the ball, but they had some other players step up and make some shots."
"In the first half, our players didn't come with the energy we needed to stay in the game. We were better in the second half, but by then we had already dug ourselves into a hole that we just couldn't overcome."
"I don't like losing and the guys don't like losing and one of these games, the score is going to end up on our side of the fence. I hope our fans understand that our guys are playing as hard as they can, it's just that we're going up against some very good teams right now and we'll be doing that for the remainder of the season."
"I would be very surprised if these two teams we played this weekend (Arizona and Arizona State) aren't in the NCAA Tournament in March."
Saturday versus Arizona State, WSU senior Chris Chris Crosby played in his 100th career game as a Cougar. He also surpassed the 1,100-point mark with 18 versus the Sun Devils, upping his career total to 1,108.
Cedric Clark, a walk-on junior guard from Birmingham, Ala., made one of two free throws against ASU. It was his first point since netting a free throw against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez on Nov. 30, 1997 -- more than two years ago.
Senior guard Jan-Michael Thomas had a career-high five assists to go along with 12 points in his first game at Wells Fargo Arena. Thomas missed last season's game with the flu.
Tyrone Evans saw his first action since sufferng a knee injury Dec. 30 versus Colorado State. Evans played 15 minutes and had two points and three rebounds.
For the ninth time in 13 games, WSU shot better from the free throw line than its opponents. WSU his 75.0 percent Saturday, while ASU netted 70.4 percent.
WSU returns home to host Oregon State Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Friel Court.