Arizona State’s Rob Edwards proves too much for Stanford

TEMPE, Ariz. — Rob Edwards didn’t need to take many shots to have an efficient performance for Arizona State.

The junior guard scored 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting and added five rebounds and four assists to help the Sun Devils to an 80-62 win over Stanford Wednesday night.

Backcourt mate Remy Martin added 16 points, and the Sun Devils (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12) earned a key conference win with only one of their final four regular-season games left at home. They have alternated wins and losses in their past seven games.

“Just trying to get confidence for March and tournament time,” Edwards said. “Just trying to pick it up and help everybody else so that we can get ready and win games. That’s what we’ve got to do.”

Stanford (14-12, 7-7) entered having won five of its past six games but played without KZ Okpala, who sustained what head coach Jerod Haase called an upper-body injury in a recent practice and was held out. The forward is Stanford’s leading scorer at 17.5 points per game.

Josh Sharma’s 17 points led the Cardinal, who got 15 from Oscar Da Silva.

“I don’t think it impacted our shooting. I think it impacted the game because he is so talented, but the guys that were shooting the shots were the guys I wanted, and they are very talented,” Haase said of not having Okpala.

Arizona State led by no fewer than six in a slow-moving second half, then pulled away with a 3 from Zylan Cheatham and an Edwards jumper with 4:50 to play for a 66-52 lead.

A deep 3 from Edwards as the shot clock expired with 2:07 to play gave Arizona State a 74-60 lead and sealed the win.

The Cardinal missed all 12 3-point tries in the second half and finished 2-for-20 from long range.

Stanford capped a 7-0 run with Sharma’s dunk to make it 18-15 at the midway point of the first half. But a layup by Luguentz Dort put the Sun Devils back in front, and they held the lead the rest of the half.

Martin’s 3 with 37 seconds left until halftime got the crowd on its feet and gave Arizona State the 42-34 lead the Sun Devils had at halftime.

“They have a very talented team and they were able to get enough makes to never let us get too close,” Haase said.

Jose M. Romero is an Associated Press writer.

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