The No. 3 Arizona State Sun Devils (11-0) needed an extra twenty minutes to show their dominance, once again, beating the Longwood Lancers (3-9) by a score of 95-61 on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
ASU trailed Kansas by three and led Vanderbilt by just one at halftime, before beating both teams by double digits.
The Sun Devils led the Lancers by just five at halftime, before winning by 34.
Coming into Tuesday, Longwood had no wins over NCAA Divsion I opponents, ranked 349th of 351 teams in the latest RPI and were 3-8 for the fourth season straight.
The Sun Devils owned wins over then-No. 2 Kansas and then-No. 15 Xavier, ranked third in the latest RPI and were off to their best start, 10-0, in program history.
Yet, ASU and Longwood were tied up, 31-31, with 1:50 to go in the first half, and the Sun Devils led the Lancers, 35-30, to end the first half.
It was a rough shooting half for either team, as ASU shot just 33 percent, and Longwood shot a 39 percent clip.
Then, “the burst” happened.
Just over two minutes into the second half, Longwood was down 38-34. About five minutes later, the Lancers found themselves trailing by more than 20.
ASU gunned out to a 19-2 run to take a 57-36 lead with 12:52 to go, shooting 66 percent from the field in the burst of scoring.
The Sun Devils then hopped out to an even greater lead, 78-47, following a 10-0, which ended just before the six-minute mark.
From then on it was about covering the 37.5 spread.
The Sun Devils couldn’t do it, winning 95-61, but improved for 11-0 for the first time in school history.
Tra Holder led the Sun Devils with 21 points and six assists, while Kodi Justice added 18, but it was the play from De’Quon Lake and Remy Martin that most filled the stat sheet.
Martin had a career-high in assists and rebounds with nine and seven respectively and scored 13. Lake just missed a double-double, scoring 16 and rebounding nine.
ASU next plays Pacific on Friday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. MT before taking on Arizona in the McKale Center on Dec. 30.