Though ASU lost Trent Lockett to a rolled right ankle, the team rallied to record a 76-66 win. Chanse Creekmur and Kyle Cain provided the offensive punch while Chris Colvin filled in for Lockett late.
The Arizona St. Sun Devils put together a concerted effort on Saturday and claimed a 76-66 victory over the Oregon St. Beavers. With Trent Lockett, Chanse Creekmur and Kyle Cain all clicking, the Sun Devils were able to overcome a slim halftime deficit to spring the win. Not all was well by night's end however, as Lockett left the game with a rolled right ankle.
ASU got out to an early lead with help from Ruslan Pateev and Creekmur. However, ASU's 56-32 advantage in field goal percentage in the first half was offset by by a 10-0 free throw disadvantage. Lockett did a good job of getting his teammates involved with five assists in the opening half, but the Sun Devils found themselves down 34-31 at halftime.
The Sun Devils started the second half with a strong run that resulted in a near double digit lead. Unfortunately, in the midst of the run, Lockett rolled his right ankle while reaching for an offensive rebound. He fell to the ground instantly, writhing in pain. Lockett was taken to the locker room in a wheelchair with ASU leading 50-41 approximately halfway through the second half.
Chris Colvin took Lockett's spot on the floor and managed the offense well while pressuring the defense with drives to the basket. The Beavers continually brought pressure but the Sun Devils did a good job spacing the floor and taking advantage, from six second-half three-pointers to easy lay-ups by Pateev.
In the end, Creekmur and Cain led the way for the Sun Devils. Creekmur connected on an astonishing six-of-seven three-pointers for 24 total points while Cain recorded 16 points and seven rebounds off of the bench.
ASU fans can only hope that Lockett's ankle will heal soon. For now, the Sun Devils can cherish their second win in Pac-12 play (2-3 overall) as they prepare for Colorado and Utah on the road next week.