Coach Rob Evans replaced Donnell Knight and Jason Braxton in the starting line-up with Jamal Hill and Kyle Dodd. The adjustment paid dividends. Jason Braxton made better decisions, dishing out seven assists while only committing two turnovers. He also had three steals. Donnell Knight came off the bench and provided a big lift to the Sun Devils, posting a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
It was uncertain whether Ike Diogu would get the start, but his stomach virus was not so severe as to keep him on the bench to begin the game. In what is becoming a trend, Ike once again led the Devils in scoring with 25 points, including going10-11 from the charity stripe. Diogu also hit the boards for 9 rebounds.
Shawn Redhage contributed 11 points and 5 boards. The Sun Devils needed Redhage's strong game because Tommy Smith and Curtis Millage both had off nights, scoring 7 points each. Tommy added 5 rebounds and Curtis had 2 steals.
The game started off slowly for the new ASU starting five. The Devils actually trailed 6-4 when Coach Evans went to Knight off the bench. The senior responded and helped spark a 23-6 run that gave ASU a comfortable lead with just under 7 minutes left in the first half. Braxton also checked-in during the run and was instrumental in building the lead.
The Wolfpack did not give up after the Sun Devils' run, however, and fought their way back to within 6 points just after halftime. Diogu refused to let Nevada get any closer, scoring 15 of his points in the second half. Also, the Sun Devils used a strong performance from the line (80%, 24-30) to keep the ‘Pack at arm's length.
Tommy Smith once again picked up two quick fouls and went to the bench with approximately 15 minutes left in the first half…Ike Diogu was 1-1 from behind the 3-pt arc…A.C. Green's nephew, Terrance Green, starts at PG for the Wolfpack and A.C. was in attendance tonight…ASU won the battle on the glass, 36-33…ASU "Superfan" Phil Root did not attend the game and his absence hurt the student section's spirit…an announced crowd of 6,938 witnessed the Devil win.
Devils Corral the Wolfpack
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