ASU defense forces 26 Huskie turnovers

The Associated Press

SEATTLE Isaac Burton sank a three-point shot from the right corner with three seconds left to give No. 15 Arizona State a 72-71 Pac-10 victory over Washington last night.

The Sun Devils (21-7 overall, 11-5 in the Pacific 10 Conference) came back to win after the Huskies (8-16, 4-11) took a 71-66 lead on two free throws by Jamie Booker with 19 seconds to go.

Mario Bennett of Arizona State scored a career-high 37 points, 24 in the first half, on 17-for-24 shooting, including eight dunks. Bennett's previous best was 35 as a freshman against Arizona in 1992.

Mark Sanford helped the Huskies fight back from a 17-point deficit early in the second half and finished with 26 points, 18 in the second half.

After Ron Riley of Arizona State made a desperation three-pointer from about 10 feet behind the line with 11 seconds left, the Sun Devils forced Bryant Boston to lose the ball out of bounds with nine seconds left, Washington's 26th turnover of the night.

Burton was wide open on his winning basket, the only three-pointer he made in six attempts.

ASU won its eighth game in 10 starts and beat UW for the 13th consecutive time since 1989.

The Sun Devils were ahead 45-33 at halftime mainly because of the Huskies' 18 turnovers, eight by point guard Jason Hamilton, against Arizona State's intense full-court pressure. Washington came back in the second half to nearly win the game, making only eight turnovers in the second half and none by Hamilton.

Arizona State took a 52-35 lead on Bennett's dunk 4:37 into the second half and it looked like the game was over.

The Sun Devils appeared to lose interest at that point and Washington battled back to tie at 58-58 on a three-pointer by Sanford with 8:28 to go.

Bennett's five-footer with 8:06 remaining put ASU in front 60-58, Boston tied the score at 60-60 with a 12-footer with five minutes left, Bennett's free throw gave the Sun Devils a 61-60 lead and Sanford's dunk put the Huskies up 62-61 with 3:31 left.

A three-pointer by Sanford with 2:34 left and two free throws by Hamilton with 52 seconds on the clock staked Washington to a 67-61 lead.

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