The Sun Devils started the game with Romello White, Kodi Justice, Shannon Evans, Tra Holder and Vitaly Shibel on the floor and got off to a slow start, as they trailed 5-0 before they took a 10-9 lead six minutes into the game.
Then, Arizona State led 19-11 after a spark of three blocks in two possessions and buckets from Justice, De’Quon Lake and Remy Martin with 11 and a half minutes left in the first half. SDSU didn’t score for just over two minutes in Arizona State’s 10-2 run.
The Sun Devils then continued to lead by a wide margin, as ASU held a 26-17 lead following two Martin free throws with nine minutes to go in the half.
But just over four minutes later, San Diego State went on a run of its own, outscoring Arizona State 11-4 to tie the game at 28-28.
The Aztecs then jumped out to 38-32 lead before ASU called a timeout. With just over two and a half minutes to play, San Diego State was shooting 45 percent overall compared to ASU’s 41 percent, had 14 fast break points, while ASU had two and were outrebounding the Sun Devils 20-17. The most enticing stat though was three point shooting. San Diego State was shooting 55 percent compared to ASU shooting 20.
The Sun Devils would finish the half down 40-34.
Lake and Holder led the Sun Devils with nine points each, while White had a team-high seven rebounds. On the other hand, SDSU’s Trey Kell led the floor with 14 points, while Max Montana had 12.