Never In Doubt

The Blackbirds from Long Island University scored the first two points of the game, but it was the only time they would hold a lead. The rest of the game was all Sun Devils, pushing their record to 10-1 and equaling their win total from last season.

Shortly after falling behind 0-2, the Sun Devils built a double digit lead behind a 15-5 run and never looked back. When the buzzer sounded at the end of the first half, ASU had a comfortable 49-22 advantage.

The Devils built the 27 point lead by shooting 57.6% from the field, including eight three point goals on ten attempts. Shooting 80% from behind the arc is an impressive feat in any situation, but especially so against the team with the best three point defense in the country (allowing only 22.8% efficiency from deep before Tuesday's game).

The second half was sloppy, but that is to be expected when just about everyone on the bench receives sustained minutes. The Blackbirds outplayed ASU's reserves for much of the half, but the Devils ended up outscoring LIU by three in the final stanza and added a convincing 92-63 victory to their growing win total.

As usual, Ike Diogu led the Devils in scoring. He made the most of his limited time on the floor, tallying 20 points and seven rebounds in only 22 minutes. Steve Moore complimented Diogu's inside presence with 13 points from the perimeter.

Notably, the other Sun Devil in double figures was freshman SF Tim Pierce, who had the best game of his young ASU career. He looked jittery at times and made some freshman mistakes (two traveling violations) but was aggressive on the offensive end, posting 12 points (including a perfect 2-2 from behind the arc) and five rebounds in only 15 minutes of action.

Other contributors include Serge Angounou (four blocks), Kevin Kruger (seven assists and three steals), and Jason Braxton (four assists and three steals).

Sparky's Sundries

Every ASU player donning the maroon and gold saw action…freshman Craig Austin and walk-on Andrew Ecker both played well in their time on the court…there were only ten students in the first ten rows of the student section, with notable absences from the Tie Guys and the Devils Den (was there a women's game at the same time?) …ASU is enjoying its best start (10-1) since 1981…Rob Evans' last game against Valpo ended with a crazy last play that included a long in-bounds pass, an intentional tip pass, and a buzzer beating three pointer by Bryce Drew…the Devils equaled last season's win total (ten) with Tuesday's victory and have an opportunity to surpass that mark against Valparaiso in Wednesday's championship game, played at 7pm at Wells Fargo Arena.

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