LOS ANGELES — ASU’s walkthrough Friday afternoon was a challenge, as assistant coaches and managers had to stand in for suspended players Keala King, Kyle Cain and Chris Colvin while the Sun Devils prepared for UCLA.
One of Felix’s blocked shots hit an USC cheerleader in the face, a metaphor for what some thought might happen to ASU in its first Pac-12 road game without leading scorer King (13.7 points a game) and starting power forward Cain.
Coach Herb Sendek did not want to magnify the result of one game, but he
did say, “Our team really played well together. Guys played very
unselfishly. We had good patience and discipline on offense and made
each other better with the way they moved the ball.
“Trent’s leadership was tremendous.”
Sendek has said he will re-evaluate the suspensions of King, Cain and
Colvin for “unacceptable conduct” when ASU returns home Monday.
Lockett had 19 points (7 of 9 shooting), nine rebounds and four assists. He committed seven turnovers, but ASU overcame those by limiting USC to 38 percent shooting from the field.
The knock on King, miscast at point this season, is that he has a hard time getting ASU into its offense, sometimes simply yo-yoing the dribble at the top of the key until the shot clock forces him to try to create a basket by himself. Ball movement appeared to be less of an issue Thursday.
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