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ASU Basketball: Sun Devils dethrone No. 15 Xavier 102-86 in Continental Tire Invitational championship

The Sun Devils are the only NCAA Division I team undefeated in Arizona.

Photo by Nicole Hernandez

The Arizona State Sun Devils (6-0) dropped 102 points of offense onto the Xavier Musketeers to win the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational championship game by a score of 102-86 on Friday.

Tra Holder led the way with a career-high 40 points, shooting 14 of 22 from the field and five of eight from three-point range. Holder broke his previous single-game scoring record, 35, which was set less than a week prior against UC Irvine.

In back-to-back matchups, and the third time in six contests, the Sun Devils trailed at the half. ASU was behind 46-44 before a monstrous second half, in which the Sun Devils outscored the Musketeers, 58-40.

Behind Holder’s career night, Shannon Evans totaled 22 points and Kodi Justice added 16. Remy Martin, a freshman, earned a career most 13 points, while De’Quon Lake helped ASU with seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.

What seemed to be the Sun Devils’ kryptonite was the least of Arizona State’s worries on Friday: the free throw line. ASU made 23 of 25, shooting 92 percent from the charity stripe.

Prior to the 16-point win, the Sun Devils were shooting free throws at just a 68.9 percent clip. In its 92-90 win over Kansas State, ASU shot just 66 percent from the line.

The Sun Devils have a week to prepare for their next matchup against the San Francisco Dons (3-1) on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. MT.