Boykin was matched up against the taller Eric Boateng on defense, and it was a constant battle down low between the two Duke transfers and former roommates. They had a long hug after the game.
A big swing came with 8:40 left. Ty Abbott missed a wide-open 3-pointer that might have cut the lead to four. Instead, Theo Robertson corralled the rebound and ended up scoring on the other end and completing a three-point play to extend the lead to 10.
Arizona State's Jerren Shipp scored a season-high 14 points. One of his most important baskets came off an inbound pass coming out of a timeout, and the layup stopped Cal's 6-0 run to open the second half with 17:02 left.