LAS VEGAS – Moments after his team finished up an 83-68 loss to Arizona State Friday night, Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson walked out of his locker room and saw a familiar face.
"We're not ready yet," Anderson said.
That showed to be the case in the Las Vegas Invitational as the Sun Devils used a 15-3 run that last through halftime to rally past the Razorbacks and cruise to the win.
"We had some miscues," Anderson said. "I thought we came out and just didn't have good possessions. When you don't have good possessions and gave up some easy opportunities for them – whether it being turning it over for good shots. It just kind of got away from us after we had the game up and down the floor, which really favored us."
Arkansas sophomore guard B.J. Young had a season-high 29 points, Rashad Madden added 11 points and 8 rebounds and Hunter Mickelson chipped in 10 points.
Marshawn Powell, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds in his team's win on Tuesday, had just two points and five rebounds in 18 foul-plague minutes on Friday.
Carrick Felix led Arizona State (4-0) with 24 points while Jahii Carson added 19 and 7-2 Jordan Bachynski had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks.
The Razorbacks (3-1), who led 39-34 with 2:49 left in the half, would make only 10 of their last 38 field goals after that point.
"This was a pretty good game for us, a pretty good test," Young said. "We will probably be seeing size like this all year. They had good team with good ball movement. We just have to learn from it."
Arizona State Herb Sendek was obviously very pleased with how his team played while shooting 56 percent from the field.
The Sun Devils also dominated the boards 42-32, held Arkansas to 39.7 percent from the field and committed only 12 turnovers against the Razorbacks' pressure.
"I thought our team played very well on both ends of the floor," Sendek said. "We handled their pressure and I thought committing only 12 turnovers was great. Our numbers defensively were also very good to hold a very good, high-scoring Arkansas team to just 68 points and under 40 percent from the field.
"It was a good win over an outstanding program in Arkansas," Sendek added.
Part of that had to do with the 7-2, 250-pound Bachynski, who was massive compared to Arkansas' players – especially when it's taller players all got in foul trouble.
Suddenly Arkansas was guarding him with 6-8 freshman Jacorey Williams and 6-6 Michael Qualls.
"There's different ways to battle a team with size, but the guys we count on up front got in foul trouble so we were out there with Jacorey and Michael Qualls," Anderson said. "They did a good job in the first half…but it wasn't to be today."
Arizona State had committed eight turnovers while falling behind 39-34, but only four more the rest of the way.
"We cleaned up a few things and we are fortunate to have a guy like Jahii to really navigate pressure and put the ball in his hand," Sendek said. "He did a good job with that as did our other guys."
Arizona State scored nine of the first half's last 11 points to take a 43-41 lead into intermission and then scored the first six points of the second half.
"I thought in the first half we had a good rhythm and a good flow to the game, but they seized momentum right before halftime when they went up by two," Anderson said. "We never got it back, never got back that rhythm that you have got to have. Plus when they shoot 36 free throws, that stops a lot of rhythm."
Jonathan Gilling's 3-pointer capped the 15-2 run and pushed the Sun Devils up 49-41 with 17:45 left in the game.
"The end of the half and the spurt at the beginning of the second half were key, key points for us," Sendek said. "When you play a team like Arkansas, or any team, there are going to be runs both ways. It's the nature of our sport to some degree – especially when you play a team like Arkansas and there are so many possessions."
Arkansas did claw back to within 61-54 on Young's lay-up with 12:03 left, but then went almost four minutes without scoring.
"The reason I got my points was because of my teammates," noted Young, who was 12-of-24 from the field, 2-of-7 from 3-point range and 3-of-5 from the free throw line.
During that time, Arizona State did not play great, but was able to extend its lead to 66-54.
"I always look forward to the last 10 minutes of the game," Anderson said. "It was 61-54 and we had like three or four straight empty possessions. I was like this is the time that we are going to get into their legs – and we did – but we just didn't take advantage of it. That is the lesson we have got to learn. We have to learn how to deal with adversity – or in this care – take advantage of it."
Arkansas will next take on the loser o No. 24 Wisconsin.
on Saturday night at 7 p.m. CST.
All-American Doug McDermott had 30 points and 8 rebounds to lead No. 12 Creighton over Wisconsin 84-74 on Friday night..
"Hopefully it is a lesson to be learned in that you have to bring it each and every minute you are out on the floor," Anderson said. "It's got to be important. Everybody has to play well for those guys to be successful."
BJ Young drives past 7-2 Jordan Bafor two of his 29 points.
Arizona State 83, Arkansas 68
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