Devils Pour It On Against Cougs

The Sun Devils started fast, continued their effort throughout the middle of the game, and finished strong. The result was a 41-point shellacking of Washington State, 96-55.

The game was basically over as soon as it started. The Sun Devils began the game with a 12-0 run in the first 4:05 of the game. The score never really got any closer. At one point in the first half, freshman center Ike Diogu personally outscored the entire Cougar team 12-11. When the halftime buzzer sounded, ASU had posted a 48-20 advantage. Diogu paced the Devils' scorers with 14, with Tommy Smith and Jamal Hill each adding eight. Point guard Jason Braxton added seven points to go along with his four assists at the midway point.

The second half mirrored the first, with ASU extending its lead. The spread got as big as 46, but hovered around 40 for the last 10:00 of the game. In the end, Diogu once again led all scorers. He posted 17 points and five boards. Tommy Smith continued his strong play with 14 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, and no turnovers. Senior Donnell Knight also made strong contributions, putting in 13 points of his own to go along with his team high eight rebounds. Finally, Jamal Hill was once again strong off the bench with 14 points, including 3-4 from behind the arc.

Despite the impressive offensive numbers, the defense was once again what set the tone of the game. Washington State only shot 30.2% for the game. Their star, Marcus Moore, was held in check. He could only muster six points, although he was obviously playing on a tender ankle and could not physically make the plays he normally makes.

Overall, this was an impressive showing by the Sun Devils. They did not allow themselves to have a let down against a team they should beat and took control from the beginning. The win tonight means that the Devils accomplished their goal this weekend – a sweep of the Washington schools at home. Now they can focus on their LA trip next week.

Notes from courtside: Announced attendance was 7,315…senior walk-on PG Brandon Goldman saw extensive action and put the crowd into a frenzy with seven points and two boards in just five minutes of game action…Goldman's scores came off nice cross-over dribbles and drives into the lane, showing why he was a very good high school player…Jamal Hill converted a four point play in the second half…it was obvious WSU was not there to play during their warm-ups before the game…two different chants to put walk-ons were heard from the student section, with the first being "we want Goldman" and the other of "we want Randy" for WSU's Randy Green…Green played ten minutes and scored four points.

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