Washington St. freshman boosts Cougars in upset over Sun Devils
Aaron Baynes scores two of his 22 points
TEMPE, Ariz. - Washington State freshman Klay Thompson more than earned his keep Thursday night, as he lifted his team to a 65-55 upset over No. 14 Arizona State in Tempe.
The freshman from Ladera Ranch, California scored a season-high 28 points against the Sun Devils, knocking down 8-of-10 3-point shots to put the game away for the Cougars. He hit his first 7 shots from beyond the arc.
"It was a huge win for us, it puts us right back into the hunt," said Thompson. "It felt amazing, especially when everything was going in."
And when Thompson wasn't scoring points, the rest of the Cougar defense was stopping Arizona State from dropping the ball in the basket. The conference's best defense held the Sun Devils to just 28 percent shooting in the second half. They made just 8 of 29 shots.
Aaron Baynes added 22 points to the Cougars' effort. He also pulled down 9 rebounds to help Washington State beat a ranked team for the first time since five games.
Arizona State's leading scorer, James Harden, scored 26 points. On the downside, though, he was 8-of-20 from the field.
Washington State's next game is Saturday against Arizona in Tucson. The Wildcats beat No. 23 Washington 106-97 Thursday night. Nic Wise scored a career-high 29 points in that game, including six key free throws in the final three minutes of the game.