Devils Clobber Commodores

Last night, lady luck was not on Arizona State's side as they lost a heartbreaker to UTEP in Las Vegas. On Saturday night, Rob Evans' team didn't need any good fortunes to trounce Vanderbilt 87-68.

The Sun Devils trailed only once, 2-0 at the start of the game. Ike Diogu scored six points in his team's 14-0 run, to give the maroon and gold a 14-2 lead at the 12:50 mark of the first quarter. Shan Foster's three pointer capped an 11-2 Vanderbilt run to shrink the margin to 16-13 with nine minutes left in the half. However, this is as close as the Commodores would get. With 2:50 remaining in the opening stanza, Diogu's two made free throws and gave ASU a 27-17 lead, and the margin would remain in double digits for the remainder of the game. Steve Moore scored seven points in the first five minutes of the second half to preserve a commanding lead of 46-33. Three consecutive three-point baskets by Moore, Kevin Kruger, and Serge Angounou gave the Devils an 80-59 lead with 4:20 left in the game.

Diogu led all players with 30 points, and 11 rebounds. The junior was 14-16 from the line. Three other ASU players in double figures were Moore with 20 (4-6 from three point land), Kruger with 15 (3-3 in three pointers), and Angounou who scored the team's first four points of the game, and finished with a career high of 13 points. The Sun Devils were hot from the field shooting 58.3% and 66.7% from behind the arc.

Next for ASU is probably their toughest test to date – a road trip to Temple on Tuesday. While the maroon and gold are probably beaming with confidence following this victory, they must realize that they must play their best game of the season in Philadelphia to have a chance at what would be their most impressive victory in the 2004-05 campaign.

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