Washington State 78, Arizona State 61

Casto, Cougs roll past Sun Devils 

Klay Thompson (above) had 22 points along with nine assists to lead WSU. AP

 

PULLMAN – The fact isn’t lost on DeAngelo Casto that he’s one of the more meager-sized posts in major college basketball.

At 6-foot-8, the Spokane product knows he’s not going to do his damage solely on brute strength and length like most inside figures. Casto doesn’t have those luxuries.

But, then again, most of the 7-footers he’s matched up against could probably use some of what Casto has.

Washington State was able to establish its inside game early before its guard play took over in a 78-61 win over Arizona State on Thursday at Beasley Coliseum.

Even with 7-foot-2 Jordan Bachynski playing in the middle of the Sun Devils’ zone defense, Casto put up a career-high 25 points while adding four blocks to pace the Cougars in their fourth Pac-10 win in five tries.

“What I have over people is quickness and athleticism, because I’m not as tall or big,” Casto said. “So going into the game I knew I would have to use that to my advantage.”

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