(Photo: Steve Rodriguez/ASU)
Evan Gordon led the Sun Devils past the Hornets of Sacramento State. The junior finished with 29 points in ASU's 90-70 victory.
Coming into Saturday night's contest with Sacramento State, Evan Gordon was averaging 7.5 points per game and the junior shooting guard was shooting just 21% from three point territory. Gordon broke out of his season long shooting slump on Satruday, putting up 29 points in ASU's 90-70 victory over the Hornets.
"It's a pretty good feeling," said Gordon about his performance. "Me having a couple of rough starts and everything, but I just tried to stay with it, I hit the first shot and it went on from there."
Gordon was 8-16 from the field Saturday night, including 5-9 from three point land. Gordon also led ASU at the free throw line, making eight of nine attempts.
"My brother (NBA shooting guard Eric Gordon) has been through a slump, I've been in a slump before, eventually I knew it would come," said Gordon.
Senior forward Carrick Felix scored 21 points, grabbed a team high 12 rebounds and recorded five assists in the ASU win.
"Carrick has been a glue guy for us, when we need scoring he is there, he has been stepping up," said Gordon. Felix has scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games.
Another bright spot for the Sun Devils Saturday night was forward Eric Jacobsen. The freshman scored six points and grabbed a career high nine rebounds.
"Eric Jacobsen did a really good job," said head coach Herb Sendek. "For a big guy he really moves his feet well, and he has an extremely high basketball IQ."
The story of the night was Gordon, who dished five assists on top of his 29 points. Herb Sendek knew it was just a matter of time before the Liberty transfer broke out of his slump.
"He's too good of a player, and too good of a shooter to not turn the corner," said Sendek. "It happens from time to time, great hitters go through a hitting slump, and great shooters go through those periods of time."
The Sun Devils return to court on Wednesday against Hartford at Wells Fargo Arena with tipoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m.