TEMPE, Ariz. In DePaul, Arizona State met the most athletic team it has played this season, and it did not go well.
DePaul used its quickness to disrupt the Sun Devils timing on offense and used its springs to dominate the boards while dealing Arizona State its worst loss and first home loss of the season, 78-61, at Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday.
It did not start that way. Quite the opposite. ASU scored the first seven points when freshman Jahii Carson got to the basket at will from the top of the key, beating his man the hoop on four of the first five possessions to score four points and assist on another basket.
It looked like another in the series of beat-downs ASU has put on opponents this season, although few opponents have had the talent level that DePaul brought.
But the game turned when Blue Demons coach Oliver Purnell inserted 5-foot-11 senior guard Worrel Clahar and instructed his defense to collapse on Carson, with a bigger man as a second defender. DePaul went to ...