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Jahii Carson had 21 points and seven assists, while Jon Gilling had 15 points on five three-pointers as ASU (7-1) topped College of Charleston 80-58 Friday night.
ASU will play Miami Sunday at 11 a.m. PT/Noon MT at the Honda Center on ESPN3.
Jordan Bachynski had 16 points while Egor Koulechov had a season-high 12.
ASU is 7-1 for just the sixth time in 36 seasons and for just the fourth time in 22 seasons. It started 8-1 last season. Other top one-loss starts since it joined the Pac-10 in 1978-79 include 12-1 in 2008-09, 11-1 in 2004-05, 9-1 in 1990-91 and 8-1 in 1980-81.
It marked the 21st 20-point game of Jahii Carson's career and his 12th in 18 games away from Tempe.
Anthony Stitt scored 12 points and Adjehi Baru had 11 points and 9 rebounds for the Cougars, who held slim leads for most of the first half before falling behind at intermission, 36-30. After pulling within 36-35, Charleston gave up a 12-0 ASU run and never seriously threatened.
ASU shot 54 percent from the floor while Charleston made only 36 percent overall and 3 of 13 beyond the 3-point line. Charleston did have a 41-24 edge in rebounding.
“I’m really proud of our team the way we bounced back,” said ASU Coach Herb Sendek. “It was a real quick turnaround.
“I thought Jahii played one of his very, very best games since he’s been at Arizona State… the way he controlled the ball and tempo, made his teammates better and had one of his better defensive performances.
“It was a good team win. Our defense was really solid.”
“Teams try to get us out of our tempo but we focus on playing at our tempo,” said Carson.
“Carson is a high-level point guard – a really good player,” said Charleston Coach Doug Wojcik. “He kind of controlled the game. I thought we did a pretty good job on him.
“They have a big ‘4’ man (Gilling) who can shoot the three… and did… and in my opinion that’s where we lost the game.”
Stitt was impressed by Carson, too.
“He got a lot of ball screens and was able to probe our defense to his advantage.”
Arizona State took the lead for good at 28-26 with 3:31 to go in the half on a Carson layup that triggered a 10-4 run to intermission. Charlotte’s biggest lead was 4 points, the last time at 22-18 with about 7 minutes to go.