TEMPE, Ariz. – Guard U has grow to be unguardable when it will get going.
Led by its dynamic guards, No. Three Arizona State dominated from the beginning in a 104-65 victory over Pacific on Friday, extending the perfect begin at school historical past.
“TV does not do justice how good their guards are,” Pacific coach Damon Stoudamire mentioned. “They put a lot stress on you. Whether or not they make or miss pictures, they’re placing a variety of stress on you.”
The Solar Devils (12-Zero) have been tormented by sluggish begins in latest video games, needing to activate their guard-driven firepower to drag away from opponents.
Arizona State jumped on Pacific (5-Eight) early and did not let the Tigers up, constructing a 10-point lead within the opening minutes and increasing it from there with a flurry of fast-break baskets and Three-pointers.
Shannon Evans II scored 21 factors, Tra Holder added 19 and freshman Remy Martin offered his normal energetic activate the bench, ending with 14 factors and 6 assists.
Romello White was a pleasant complement to Arizona State’s guards, bulling his manner inside for 16 factors and eight rebounds. De’Quon Lake helped shut down the Tigers inside, blocking seven pictures, together with two in a single second-half possession.
The Solar Devils shot 54 p.c, made 12 of 26 from Three-point vary and head into Pac-12 play subsequent week on an unprecedented roll.
“All of them type of take turns driving to the ring, throwing lobs, pushing the ball down the ground and attending to the rim, hitting 3s,” Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley mentioned. “You do not actually know the place it is coming or when it is coming.”
Pacific’s solely likelihood to hold with the surging Solar Devils could be to make pictures from the perimeter and on the rim. The Tigers struggled on each counts, going Three for 17 from the Three-point arc and getting 10 of their pictures blocked whereas capturing 36 p.c from the sector.
Miles Reynolds and Jack Williams had 13 factors every to guide Pacific.
“You have to make pictures to open it up and we did not make pictures,” Stoudamire mentioned.
Arizona State is off to its finest begin in 106 years as a program, however was tormented by sluggish begins in its earlier two video games.
The Solar Devils’ sluggishness lasted for about 10 minutes in opposition to Vanderbilt and a complete half in opposition to Longwood. They turned each video games into lopsided victories by switching to a gear few groups can match.
Arizona State had no slow-starting troubles in opposition to the Tigers, opening with a 12-2 run whereas holding them to 1-of-7 capturing within the first 6 half minutes.
The Solar Devils relaxed for a stretch halfway via the primary half, however principally had their manner with Pacific, constructing a 47-31 halftime lead .
The Tigers began making a couple of pictures because the half went alongside, however had hassle preserving observe of Arizona State’s guards alongside the perimeter.
The Solar Devils made eight Three-pointers by halftime, with Evans making 4 whereas scoring 16 factors and Holder including 13 factors.
Pacific made a brief run to trim Arizona State’s result in 13 early within the second half, however the Solar Devils scored six factors in fast succession to stretch the margin again out. A 19-2 run later within the second half actually put the sport out of attain for the Solar Devils.
“We’ve got a burst to us and the fellows feed off one another,” Hurley mentioned. “There’s a variety of offense on the ground more often than not.”
Stoudamire has scheduled powerful in his second season at Pacific and the Tigers have struggled in opposition to the larger colleges, including Arizona State to an inventory of losses that features Stanford, Nevada, Wyoming and UNLV.
Arizona State closed out its nonconference schedule in spectacular trend, overwhelming a small-conference program from the beginning.
Martin has given Arizona State an lively increase off the bench in each recreation he is performed and Friday was no totally different.
The freshman level guard who performs with a confidence that belies his age confidently drove to the basket in opposition to the Tigers and dropped in a protracted Three-pointer with out hesitation. Martin additionally ran Arizona State’s offense beautifully and was a nuisance to Pacific’s guards on protection.
“Each group has a curveball and the distinction is that they by no means had a man who may change the sport like that,” mentioned Stoudamire, who performed for ASU’s rival Arizona in faculty. “He modifies the sport for them, brings a variety of power.”