Sun Devils race past SDSU

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TEMPE — Ari­zona State knows what Tra Holder can do. He’s been do­ing it in the desert for four years.

The Sun Devils had an idea what Romello White is ca­pa­ble of, but had to wait to find out how he would han­dle a real game. It was worth the wait. Holder scored 24 points, White had 16 points and 15 re­bounds in his de­but, and Ari­zona State used a huge sec­ond-half run to beat San Diego State 90-68 on Tues­day night.

“It was amaz­ing,” said White, who missed last sea­son as an aca­demic red­shirt and the open­ing game for vi­o­lat­ing team rules. “I’ve been wait­ing a year, so it felt great.”

Ari­zona State (2-0) built an early 10-point lead, watched it turn into a half­time deficit, then raced away from the Aztecs with a 22-2 run in the sec­ond half.

The Sun Devils hit 20 of 30 shots in the sec­ond half while be­ing guided by Holder, who had eight re­bounds and six as­sists. De’Quon Lake added 15 points be­fore foul­ing out.

White fum­bled a few balls away early, but gave Ari­zona State a big spark off the bench af­ter miss­ing the opener and two ex­hi­bi­tion games. He had five quick re­bounds and swat­ted a shot into the stands to help the Sun Devils build their 10-point lead. White kept it go­ing in the sec­ond half to open his ca­reer with a dou­ble-dou­ble.

“Even though he had that whole year of prac­tice, that first real game, I thought he was a lit­tle ner­vous,” Ari­zona State coach Bobby Hur­ley said. “His mo­tor doesn’t stop, so he kept play­ing hard and I thought his sec­ond half was out­stand­ing.”

Trey Kell had 16 points and 10 re­bounds, and Ma­lik Pope added 14 points for San Diego State (1-1). Max Mon­tana scored 15 points, but left with a left knee in­jury mid­way through the sec­ond half and did not re­turn.

The Aztecs were able to match Ari­zona State’s in­ten­sity in the first half, but couldn’t in the sec­ond as the game quickly got out of hand.

“I told them they (ASU) were go­ing to go on a run and don’t panic,” San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher

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