About a week before the season started, Herb Sendek was still unsure what his player rotation would look like. With so many new faces, the Arizona State head coach said that the early part of the season would be a trial and error period while the players gain chemistry and figure out their roles.
Well, Tuesday night was a pretty successful trial with few errors, as the Sun Devils topped the Miami (OH) Redhawks 90-54 at Wells Fargo Arena.
Arizona State went 12 deep, with Chance Murry, Calean Robinson and Eric Jacobson providing valuable minutes off the bench in the victory.
"Overall I thought it was just a good team performance," Sendek said. "For the second consecutive game I think our guys really tried to play together and share the ball."
The Sun Devils finished with 26 assists on 35 made field goals against the Redhawks, shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 51.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Miami held a 9-7 lead four minutes into the contest, as Arizona State started just 1-6 from 3-point territory. From that point, the Sun Devils went on a 34-9 run to build a 41-18 halftime lead, including a 25-5 run over the last 11 minutes of the first half.
Senior guard Jermaine Marshall paced the Sun Devils during the first half, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the a span of 5:13 midway through the half.
"I just try to keep working hard and do everything I can to get healthy," said Marshall, who is still recovering from a battle with Valley Fever last month.
Marshall shot 7-12 from the field and 4-8 from beyond the arc. The Sun Devils as a team poured in 16 3-point baskets Tuesday night, with eight different Sun Devils draining threes.
"I think early we took too many (3-pointers), but once we found our rhythm it was looking good for us," Marshall said. "It was great to be able to shoot the ball that well and hopefully we can continue to do that."
Four Sun Devils finished in double figures, including Robinson's 11 off the bench. Jahii Carson and Jermaine Marshall both scored 18 points and Carson tied a career-high with eight assists.
Jordan Bachynski put in his second consecutive double-double of the season, scoring 16 points on 8-10 shooting with 10 rebounds and four blocks. Those four blocks move him into a tie with Jelani McCoy for seventh on the Pac-12 all-time block list with 188.
"It's humbling (because) there have been a lot of great players and great shot blockers in the Pac-12," Bachynski said about the accomplishment. "We changed the defense (at Arizona State) that we had because I can shot-block. That's what I'm good at."
Bacynski and the Sun Devils will look to improve to 3-0 when Arizona State hosts Idaho State on Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena.