Arizona State (13-3, 2-1 Pac-12) and USC (9-6, 0-2) were both sloppy on offense to begin the game and were also neck in neck for the first ten plus minutes of the contest. A Shaquielle McKissic Layup at the 9:58 mark gave the visitors a 15-13 lead, and an advantage they wouldn’t relinquished for the rest of the night. ASU ended the period on a 22-9 run, in large part to some sharp shooting beyond the arc, and went down to the locker room with 44-28 lead.
In the second half, the Sun Devils didn’t score their first field goal until nearly three minutes into the stanza as USC brought down the deficit to 44-34. Yet, that it the closest the hosts would come all night for a possible comeback. ASU maintained a double figure advantage for the rest of the game, that climbed as high as 71-50 with 4:28 left in the game en route to a precious league road victory.
Jordan Bachynski paced ASU with his ninth double double of the season: 20 points (14 of them in the second half) and 12 rebounds. Jahii Carson had 18 points, and Shaquielle McKissic filled up the stat sheet quite nicely with 12 points, eight rebounds and six of his team’s eight steals. Jermaine Marshall added 10 points. USC’s Byron Wesley led the Trojans with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
ASU shot 46.4 percent from the field, 7-19 from beyond the arc (6-12 from that range in the first half) and 20-30 from the free throw line. USC was 36.1 percent from the field and just 3-17 from three-point range. ASU had 13 turnovers but forced USC to 16 in that category.
Next ASU will meet UCLA in Pauley Pavilion, a game that comes on the heels of a Bruins’ 79-75 loss to Arizona. This will be the Sun Devils’ only meeting with UCLA this year due to schedule rotation.