said. “And then they went on a run and we couldn’t recover. It was too long of a run and we couldn’t get back in the game.”
Arizona State rolled over Idaho State 94-74 in its opener, getting 24 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots from Lake in his Sun Devils debut.
San Diego State opened its first season under Dutcher with a 91-52 rout of San Diego Christian behind Pope’s 20 points and six rebounds.
The first true test for both teams was a game of runs until the Sun Devils ran away with it.
Arizona State built a 2414 lead midway through the first half behind its defense, blocking five shots in a span of about three minutes.
The Aztecs figured the Sun Devils’ D out after that, hitting nine straight shots to take a 38-32 lead. San Diego State tightened up its defense, too, holding Arizona State scoreless over the final 3:42 for a 40-32 halftime lead .
The Sun Devils regained their mojo coming out of halftime, making 10 of their first 11 shots to go up 62-50 and kick off the rout.
“They really did turn it up, but it was us on defense,” Pope said. “The blow-bys, the drop-offs to the bigs, the rebounds — it was all of it.”
San Diego State: The Aztecs put up some fight after an Arizona State run in the first half, but had no answer when the Sun Devils turned up the pressure in the second.
Arizona State: The Sun Devils passed their first measuring-stick game of the season, playing well at both ends outside of a 5-minute-or-so stretch of the first half.
Arizona State will be without freshman forward Kimani Lawrence for 4 to 6 weeks after he had surgery for a stress fracture in his left foot. A top-100 recruit, the 6-foot-7 Lawrence was expected to be a starter this season. He did not play in ASU’s opener.