Arizona State went on the road to take on the surging Colorado Buffaloes but could not stop their stampede.
Tyler Bey and McKinley combined to score 46 points as the Buffaloes win 77-72 on Wednesday to add to their four-game winning streak.
The game started with both teams trading punches but one underlining theme started to settle, Arizona State could not stop Colorado from getting in the paint. On multiple occasions, whether it was Wright IV or Bey driving, they were getting to the rim at will. This led to them shooting a combine 18-of-25. This opened for floor and shooting for everyone else that were unable to hit their open threes or, this game could’ve gone from winning by four points to winning by twenty.
"Tyler Bey and McKinley Wright were warriors," Colorado head coach Tad Boyle said. "Those two kids are special. They are really separating themselves in terms of what they can do to help this team win.”
"We couldn't generate any stops," Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley said. "That led to them getting some -- they got easy baskets, they drove the lane, they drove right down the heart of our defense"
As much as the Sun Devils struggled defensively the one positive that can be taken from this game is their three-point shooting ability. ASU shot 10-of-23 from the key.
Freshman Luguentz Dort led the Sun Devils with 21 points, including three 3’s that in key situation always seemed to hit the basket to keep the Sun Devils in striking distance whenever they needed it.
The Sun Devils came off of an impressive win against Washington the previous weekend and needed this game to keep their chances of at least getting a share of the Pac-12 title alive. The loss puts ASU down 3.5 games behind Washington for first place. If the Sun Devils are going to make the NCAA Tournament, they will need to win their conference tournament.
They already have five loses in a weak Pac-12 this year and some of them coming to the bottom half of the conference in Washington State and Stanford. ASU did beat Kansas when the Jayhawks were ranked No.1 but loses to Princeton Vanderbilt pretty much cancel it out.
The Sun Devils take on second-place Utah on Saturday.
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