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Sun Devils Knock Off Red Raiders, Earn 10th Victory
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Release: 12/21/2013
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TEMPE, Ariz. – Jermaine Marshall scored a season-high 27 points and became the first Sun Devil player to sink seven three pointers this season to lead the Arizona State men’s basketball team past Texas Tech, 76-62, Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.

“Jermaine plays with a lot of confidence, he’s been there and done it. I think he provides a good steadiness, a sense of stability for our other players,” said ASU head coach Herb Sendek, as ASU now takes a few days off and will face UC Irvine next Saturday (Dec. 28) at noon on the Pac-12 Network.

With the win, Arizona State moves to 10-2 on while Texas Tech falls to 7-5.

In addition to an individual high on the season, Marshall’s seven three-pointers is also the most by a Sun Devil since both Ty Abbott and Rihards Kuksiks hit seven in the 2010-11 season.

Jahii Carson finished with a double-double, recording 16 points and a career-high 13 assists, which is also the most by an ASU player since Ahlon Lewis had 14 in 1998. Carson’s play-making ability was on mark, finding Marshall for six of his seven threes. Jordan Bachynski finished with 12 points, and led ASU with eight boards and seven blocks.

Bachynski now has 238 blocks in his career, just 40 short of the Pac-12 record of 278 held by Anthony Cook of Arizona (1985-89).

“I think one of the really neat things about this team is that it is not fake, we have really good chemistry. Jermaine and Jahii are really good friends and you can see that on the court with how they are connected. I love it when Jahii is unselfish like that, making guys better, and he still got his shots. Today, everybody was a benefactor playing on the court with him,” Sendek said.

Sparked by four quick points from Jonathan Gilling, ASU went on an 11-0 run following the final official timeout of the half to open a nine-point lead at the break, 34-25, a lead which it would not relinquish.

Regarding the run at the end of the first half, Sendek said, “basketball is a game of runs, and hopefully your team has a couple of those runs in them each night that allows you to get the win.”

Although ASU’s shooters struggled to get shots to fall for most of the first half, they converted on six of their final eight attempts in the half. Carson led all scorers at the break with 10 points, and Marshall added seven more for the Sun Devils. Texas Tech started the half shooting over 50-percent, but soon found offense at a premium, making just one of its final 15 attempts in the half.

ASU continued where it left off in the first half, shooting well from the floor, especially from three-point range, where the Sun Devils finished the game with a 10-for-19 mark, including 7-for-9 in the second half. Arizona State finished the game shooting 45.6-percent from the floor (26-of-57), holding the shooting advantage over the Red Raiders, which shot 36.4-percent (24-of-66) and made just one three-point shot on 13 attempts.

Texas Tech had two players record double-doubles, led by Jordan Tolbert who led the Red Raiders with 25 points and 12 boards. Dejan Kravic added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Texas Tech controlled the rebounding margin, 45-32, and had 40 of its points in the paint. 

About how his defense performed, Sendek said, “I thought our guys showed good discipline against Texas Tech’s patience. I thought for the most part we guarded actions well, but where we struggled was finishing the possession, giving up 18 second-chance points and a handful of 50-50 balls that resulted in baskets. We really had a tough time with them on the glass. I thought Jordan Tolbert for them was fantastic.”

The Sun Devils will close out the non-conference portion of their schedule hosting UC-Irvine next Saturday. Tip-off against the Anteaters is scheduled for noon MT at Wells Fargo Arena and will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

“We have one more non-conference game that will be a real challenge for us. UC-Irvine is picked to win their conference, they’ve already harnessed a great win at Washington, and they have a 7’6” starting center. We have to make sure that we are all hands on deck for that game next Saturday.”

Herb Sendek quotes:

“Defensively I thought our guys showed good discipline against Texas Tech’s patience. I thought for the most part we guarded actions well, but where we struggled was finishing the possession, giving up 18 second-chance points and a handful of 50-50 balls that resulted in baskets. We really had a tough time with them on the glass. I thought Jordan Tolbert for them was fantastic.”

“It was terrific to see Jahii achieve his career high in assists with 13. He really set guys up well on penetration and on ball screen actions, and then obviously Jermaine got the hot hand for him.”

“Basketball is a game of runs, and hopefully your team has a couple of those runs in them each night that allows you to get the win.”

“I think one of the really neat things about this team is that its not fake, we have really good chemistry. Jermaine and Jahii are really good friends and you can see that on the court with how they are connected. I love it when Jahii is unselfish like that, making guys better, and he still got his shots. Today, everybody was a benefactor playing on the court with him.”

“[Jermaine] plays with a lot of confidence, he’s been there and done it. I think he provides a good steadiness, a sense of stability for our other players.”

“We have one more non-conference game that will be a real challenge for us. UC-Irvine is picked to win their conference, they’ve already harnessed a great win at Washington, they have a 7-6 starting center. We have to make sure that we are all hands on deck for that game next Saturday.”

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