Arizona State committed 15 turnovers, allowed the Waves to corral 12 offensive rebounds and saw the visitors convert 8 of 11 three-point shots.
Forward Carrick Felix scored once again in double digits, posting 12 points and also had five rebounds and tied a team-high in assists with four. Nonetheless, he naturally didn’t feel any satisfaction over his own personal performance as he lamented his team’s display in a loss.
“For the most part I think we could have played a lot harder,” said a visibly dejected Felix. “We just have to carry this over to practice tomorrow and have to start fresh. We have to learn from our mistakes and from out loss.
“I know we are capable of doing a lot better. I’m with these guys 24/7 and the effort that we put in practice…I know this group of guys will get it.”
In order to try and slow down the Waves, the Sun Devils abandon their signature zone defense and played a man to man scheme for large stretches of the contest. This strategy had mixed results as it was able to cool off the visitors’ torrid shooting in the second half, but also send Pepperdine 25 times to the charity stripe during that same period.
“I was a little bit surprised,” Felix said of the decision to switch from zone to man during the game. “We have to focus better at practice to get better with our zone. We go through man (defense) at practice every day. Whether it’s man or zone we are always working on our defense, our bal pressure, cutting the court in half and different things like that.”
Things were not going all that better for ASU on the end of the court, as the Sun Devils shot just 34 percent from the field and 25.9 percent from three-point range and had the aforementioned 15 turnovers.
“They were really aggressive with their on the ball defense,” said Felix of Pepperdine’s performance. “We just have to focus, execute and play a little bit harder. Focus and awareness and just take care of the ball.”