ASU's talented sophomore guard Keala King was dismissed from the team. Photo by Robert Gonzalez, SB Nation Arizona.

ASU Basketball: Sun Devils Fall To UCLA; Talented Keala King Dismissed From Team

The ASU Sun Devil basketball team was unable to hold an early lead against the Bruins and dropped behind fast en route to the Pac-12 loss.

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Arizona State Dismisses Keala King From Basketball Team

According to the Arizona Republic's Doug Haller via Twitter the Arizona State men's basketball team has dismissed talented sophomore Keala King from the team for undisclosed reasons at this point.

Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek had this to say about King's dismissal:

"We have decided Keala no longer will be on the team. We wish him nothing but the best in the future."

King has been one of the Sun Devil's most productive players this season thus far, averaging 13.7 points a game, tied with junior Trent Lockett for best on the team. King also was averaging 4.9 rebounds per game and 3.3 assists per game as well, leaving a sizable hole to fill offensively for the Sun Devils.

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Arizona State Vs. UCLA Basketball Recap: Sun Devils Lead Early, Fade Fast In 75-58 Loss

The Arizona St. Sun Devils traveled to Southern California on Saturday night, where they faced off against the UCLA Bruins at the Honda Center in Anaheim in Pac-12 play. For much of the first half, it looked like the Sun Devils might stun the bruins, who came into the game favored by 11 points. At the end of the night, however, the Bruins had done more than cover the spread as they picked up the 75-58 victory.

With the win, UCLA improves to 2-1 in Pac-12 play, while ASU falls to 1-2 within the conference, with an overall record of 5-10.

The Sun Devils opened up a big lead in the first half and seemed to be padding it. Within the last few minutes of the half, however, the Bruins slowly and steadily climbed back into it, going ahead on a layup and one by Joshua Smith. By the time halftime arrived, the Burins led 33-30. It was a lead they would not surrender.

In the second half, the Bruins stormed out of the gate by opening up a huge lead, at one point leading by 20 points. In all, they outscored the Sun Devils in the second half 42-28.

Jonathan Gilling led all ASU scorers with 17 points.

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Arizona State vs. UCLA: Sun Devils Look To Begin Winning Streak

The Arizona St. Sun Devils came away with a surprising win on Thursday evening without three of their better players and they will look to continue their winning ways against the UCLA Bruins. The Bruins, who may be without big man Josh Smith due to a concussion, defeated the Arizona Wildcats earlier in the week with their size and strength in the paint.

With such a tight rotation, it will be interesting to see if Herb Sendeck changes anything up to account for the fatigue most of the players will likely feel tonight. Keala King and Kyle Cain were both starters who saw a lot of minutes, and Chris Colvin was one of the first players off the bench. Without these three, the Bruins may be able to wear down the Sun Devils.

Tipoff is set at 7:30 p.m. from Los Angeles, which is 8:30 here in Arizona. FOX Sports Arizona will broadcast the game live. KTAR 620 AM will carry the game in the Phoenix area. Those of you not living in the Valley can find the action on Sirius 94 and XM 196.

For more on the Sun Devils, head on over to House Of Sparky.

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Arizona State Vs. USC Final Score: Big First Half Leads To 62-53 Sun Devils Victory

The Arizona St. Sun Devils traveled to Southern California on Thursday to take on the USC Trojans in Pac-12 conference play. Both teams are struggling so far this season and the Sun Devils came to town with three players freshly on suspension. In the end, ASU was able to pick up the 62-53 win and even out their Pac-12 record at 1-1. USC drops to 0-3 in conference play with the loss.

ASU opened up a 10-point lead at halftime and never seemed much in danger, although the Trojans managed to outscore them in the second half, 29-28. Carrick Felix of the Sun Devils led all scorers with 22 points. Trent Lockett just missed picking up a double-double, with 19 points and nine rebounds on the evening.

Arizona State now holds an overall record of 5-9, while the Trojans drop to 5-11. The Sun Devils will play their next game on Saturday, January 7 as visit the UCLA Bruins.

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ASU Basketball Suspensions: Keala King, Kyle Cain, Chris Colvin Out For Unacceptable Conduct

The Arizona St. Sun Devils aren't exactly a deep team on the hardwood, and are currently a Pac-12 bottom-dweller. The devastating news from this afternoon can do nothing to help them. Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic reports.

Starters Keala King and Kyle Cain, along with reserve guard Chris Colvin, have been suspended for "unacceptable conduct" and did not make the trip to Los Angeles. Their status will be revisited next week, which means they also will miss Saturday's contest against UCLA.

King, Cain, and Colvin are three highly used players by Herb Sendek in the ASU rotation, particularly offensively. None of them except maybe King are considered highly efficient offensively (all of them have pretty low offensive efficiencies), putting ASU in the hands of guys like Trent Lockett and Carrick Felix might have to play almost complete games as Arizona State is now down to an essential six man rotation for this contest.

The good news for tonight is that ASU faces a team that has similar issues in depth in the USC Trojans. This could be one of those low-scoring games you hide your children from, for fear of them never wanting to watch basketball ever again.

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ASU Basketball Travels To USC, UCLA: Missing Three Key Players

The ASU Sun Devil basketball team's already difficult season might have just taken a turn for the worse.

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