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Appleby's shooting leads Washington past Arizona State

Jan 7, 2007 - 5:45 AM SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Ryan Appleby had his shooting touch.

Appleby caught fire from long range and scored 20 points as No. 20 Washington stopped a three-game losing streak with a 64-53 Pac-10 Conference triumph over Arizona State.

Jon Brockman scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half for the Huskies (11-4, 1-3 Pac-10), who were methodical en route to their first conference win.

"I am glad we got a win in the books, we need to keep getting better," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said.

Appleby led the way for Washington, connecting on 6-of-8 3-pointers and 7-of-10 shots overall. He drilled back-to-back shots from the arc to provide a 56-46 advantage with 2:18 remaining.

In the first half, Appleby scored 11 points and highly touted freshman Spencer Hawes had nine to help the Huskies to a narrow 31-28 advantage at the break.

The Sun Devils were unable to rally in the second half as they shot just 27 percent (7-of-26) over the final 20 minutes.

"I thought that once we got going most of their shots were contested perimeter shots," Romar said. "I thought that we did a much better job with our pressure as the game went on."

While the Huskies were able to return to the win column, the struggling Sun Devils (6-9, 0-4) lost their season-high fifth straight game.

Jeff Pendergraph scored 18 points to lead Arizona State, which dropped its 16th straight game against a ranked opponent.

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    ARIZONA ST 28 25 53
    WASHINGTON (20) 31 33 64 FINAL

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