Sun Devils race past SDSU
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