ASU men's basketball offense goes cold in the second half in loss to Stanford

The Sun Devils shot just 34 percent from the field in the second half

ASU men's basketball lost 85-71 to Stanford on Saturday, keeping the game within reach going into halftime but failing to sustain the momentum in the second half.

The Sun Devils dropped to 11-5 and 2-2 in Pac-12 play following the loss. 

One game after he recorded his career-high in points, sophomore guard Remy Martin struggled on the court, scoring eight points on 3-for-12 shooting from the field. Redshirt junior guard Rob Edwards and sophomore forward Kimani Lawrence scored 13 and 10 points apiece.

Freshman guard Luguentz Dort finished with 16 points, scoring 15 in the first half. Redshirt senior forward Zylan Cheatham once again filled the box score, scoring eight points, grabbing 12 rebounds and registering four assists and two steals. 

Stanford forwards Oscar da Silva and KZ Okpala scored 21 points each. Okpala shot 8-for-13 from the field and da Silva shot 9-for-11 from the field. 

ASU started the game poorly on offense. The Sun Devils let Stanford start the game on a 10-2 run. However, ASU quickly regained ground, tying the game and kept the game within reach for the rest of the half.

ASU finished the first half shooting 48 percent from the field. Stanford shot 45 percent from the field in the first half as well. ASU shot over 44 percent from three in the first half. 

However, the Sun Devils started the second half cold. Stanford continued to keep up their hot offense, beginning the second half on a 12-0 run. ASU failed to score until 14 minutes and 33 seconds out of the halftime break.Stanford later went on a 19-5 run to increase the Sun Devils' deficit to 19. 

Dort's strong start in the first half was stymied by foul trouble. He drew his fourth foul five minutes into the second half. He eventually fouled out with about three and a half minutes remaining. 

ASU struggled from the free-throw line, shooting just 6-for-17 for the game. ASU also had trouble keeping possession of the ball, turning it over 19 times. 

ASU is headed back to Tempe to take on Oregon State on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 8:00 p.m. MST.


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