Stanford halts ASU’s brief win streak
It was that kind of night for Arizona State on Saturday.
Stanford reserve Robert Cartwright’s lob pass from the right wing to the low post sailed over center Stefan Nastic’s head and directly into the basket in the second half. The Cardinal also hit most of their intended shots in a 89-70 victory at Maples Pavilion.
ASU (10-10, 2-5 Pac-12) sank eight 3-pointers in the first half to make a run at its first Bay Area sweep in 10 years. But the Sun Devils could not keep up with Stanford, which made 58.5 percent of its field goals and led by as many as 23 after Cartwright’s inadvertent 3.
Chasson Randle, the Pac-12’s leading scorer, and Anthony Brown had 21 points apiece, and Nastic had 20 as the Cardinal (14-5, 5-2) stopped the Sun Devils’ brief two-game winning streak that included a dominating 79-44 victory over California on Thursday.
ASU forward Savon Goodman, who did not start for the first time in eight games, had 18 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes. Bo Barnes and Jonathan Gilling, who replaced Goodman in the lineup, had nine points apiece. Each made three 3-pointers in the first half.
Barnes has made 9-of-16 3-pointers in his last three games.
The Sun Devils made 8 of 13 3-pointers in the first half but trailed 51-41 as Stanford shot 70.4 percent from the field, making 10 of its last 11. Brown had 15 at half, and Randle and Nastic had 13 apiece.
Tra Holder, Eric Jacobsen and Gerry Blakes all had eight points as the Sun Devils completed a stretch of five road games in their first seven Pac-12 games. They played two home games in a span of 31 days.
Holder had six assists and one turnover as the Sun Devils played one of their cleanest floor games of the season, committing only nine turnovers.
ASU freshman guard Kodi Justice suffered an apparent left leg injury in the first half and did not return in the second. He had a career-high 16 points at Cal, when he was used quite a bit at off guard in the absence of Roosevelt Scott, who also missed the Stanford game because of a violation of team rules.
ASU will look for revenge when it hosts Oregon State (14-5, 5-2) and Oregon (14-6, 4.3) next week. The Sun Devils lost by eight at Oregon State and by three at Oregon the second week of January. They will meet Oregon State on Wednesday and Oregon on Friday.