ASU proves its depth in victory on Bradley

After a big win on the road against UNLV last Tuesday and the anticipation of next Monday's game versus Marquette, tonight's match against Bradley looked to be a trap game for the Sun Devils. Ultimately it took a collective effort for a 70-58 victory over the Braves.

With two big games bookending tonight's game against Bradley, the Sun Devils knew they could not gloss over this team.

"When you have UNLV and then you have Bradley and Marquette, the Bradley game sometimes some of us overlook it," Jahii Carson admitted, "but you know this is one of the games where we felt like we had to take care of business."

Carson paced ASU with 19 points, and added seven rebounds and five assists.

"There can't be too many college basketball players off to a better start," head coach Herb Sendek commented. "He is doing a lot of different things for us and I have been impressed with his willingness to share the basketball and move the basketball and obviously the other night he had a scoring explosion."

Jordan Bachynski kept his double-double streak in all of this season's contests alive posting 15 points and ten rebounds. Jonathan Gilling had a rough outing offensively in Tuesday's win over UNLV going 0-for-9 from the field. As evident in tonight's 14 points, 4-6 from three-point range and five assists that performance certainly didn't hamper his confidence.

"I know I can make shots," Gilling said. "I have made thousands of them in my life, so I know I can make them it's just a matter of making them fall."

ASU experienced a slow start and didn't pull away until a 17-1 run put them ahead by 14 points. Sendek complemented his opponent for largely forcing their will. "Bradley was extremely patient," Sendek said. "They controlled the ball and they definitely won the battle of dictating the tempo tonight."

Jahii Carson considered tonight to be a sluggish display because his squad only mustered 70 points, the lowest offensive output of the season.

"We are just an up-tempo team, we like to get shots up, we like to shoot threes, we like to push the basketball, we like to put up points," Carson explained. "70 points is a lot of points but I think we had 56 points, and I said in the huddle we only have 56, we try to get 100 every night, and 70 is not a lot to us."

Egor Koulechov got the start tonight after his impressive game against UNLV, replacing Shaquielle McKissic. The true freshman was constantly around the ball tonight and played a total of 15 minutes. "We just really felt like Egor earned the start with his amazing hustle at UNLV," Sendek said. "But obviously much of the same guys were involved in the same rotation."

Perhaps the most impressive stat of ASU's performance tonight was collecting 21 assists on 25 field goals with McKissic leading his teammates with seven of them. "He really set his teammates up for some outstanding shots," Sendek said of McKissic.

Arizona State, now 5-0 on the season for the first time since the 1985-86 season, will host Marquette on Monday for what should be one of the most anticipated home games this season.

"Coming off a tough road win against UNLV we feel like we can play against any athletic team in the country," Carson said. "And now that we are on our home floor we are more comfortable."

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