Cougars Beat Arizona State, 78-61

Arizona State Sun DevilsWashington State CougarsKlay ThompsonPac-12 Conference

DeAngelo Casto scored 25 points and Klay
Thompson added 22 as Washington State defeated Arizona State 78-61
on Thursday night.
      Casto shot 11 of 18 from the field and had four blocks for the
Cougars (14-5, 4-3 Pac-10).
      "I wanted to prepare to be really aggressive in this game,"
Casto said. "What I usually have over people is quickness and
athleticism. I'm not as big or tall (6-foot-8), so going into the
game, I knew I had to use (speed) to my advantage."
      Ty Abbott led the Sun Devils (9-9, 1-5) with 16 points.
      "I felt like they figured out our zone (defense) and picked it
apart in the first half and early in the second," WSU coach Ken
Bone said. "I felt like we had to go man-to-man and do something
there, and the guys did a nice job of that."
      With Casto controlling the paint, the outside opened up for
Thompson, and he took advantage.
      Thompson scored 14 of his points in the second half. His two
straight 3-pointers in the first two minutes after halftime gave
the Cougars a 50-38 lead.
      Thompson led the Cougars in rebounds with eight and had a
career-high nine assists.
      "He's going to go down as one of the greatest players to come
out of WSU," Bone said.
      Washington State was without its second-leading scorer, Faisal
Aden (knee). Arizona State was without three players due to injury
or illness: starting swingman Carrick Felix and reserves Brandon
Dunson and Chanse Creekmur.
      Reggie Moore, who was suspended by Bone for the Stanford game on
Saturday, started and finished with 11 points.
      "I thought we just shared the ball exceptionally well," Casto
said. "Everybody played together."
      Arizona State stayed within striking distance in the first half
with prolific 3-point shooting, finishing with seven shots from
behind the arc in the first half. The Sun Devils were 10 of 29 for
the game.
      
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