"Today because of the score, we had an opportunity to play a lot of guys. But the guys who normally play a lot of minutes, were equally positive and were cheering for their teammates…it may seem like a little thing, but it really isn't. It's a big thing."
Shaq McKissic, who was a perfect 3-3 from three-point range, wasn't only the leading scorer in the game but was part of a 52-point effort from the Arizona State (9-2) bench. The senior who didn't play two games ago in a loss to Miami, responded with a double double in the last ASU contest versus DePaul and followed up today with his career-high as a Sun Devil.
"I started coming off the bench and that is not something I'm really accustomed to," McKissic admitted. "I talked to the coaches and there was no bitterness or anything. I know hard work concurs all. They told me what I did wrong and what I had to improve on. I basically went in there and got after it in the gym before practice and after practice.
"I did a lot more listening than acting."
Judging but the final score, no one could have guessed that the game for the first nine or so minutes was a tight affair, as both teams were tied at 20-20 at the 11:47 mark. Grambling State (0-4) was torrid with their shooting inside and outside the arc and was able to coral several offensive rebounds.
A media timeout at juncture allowed the hosts to regroup and outscore the visitors 32-8 the rest of the period, and ending the first half on an 18-0 run en route to a 52-28 lead. ASU's advantage only increased from there on out allowing 14 players to see playing time, with no one logging in more than 25 minutes.
Jermaine Marshall had 16 points, and was 6-8 from the field. Jordan Bachynski posted his eighth double in the first 11 games of the season scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Jahii Carson recorded 14 points, six assists and five rebounds.
An undoubtedly more challenging game awaits Arizona State as they host Texas Tech on December 21st for a 4:30 p.m. tip-off. The Sun Devils are expecting Michigan State transfer, Brendan Kearney, to see his first action of the season in that affair assuming his Fall semester grades post by then.