ASU has now won 20-consecutive non-conference matchups dating back to last season.
The Sun Devils shot the ball exceptionally well throughout the game, and finished
Sophomore forward Romello White was the star throughout the night. He notched a double-double before halftime, and went on to finish 19 with points and 14 rebounds with a highly efficient 9-for-10 night from the field.
The Tigers hung around throughout most of the game, due in large part to the high amount of turnovers committed by ASU. The Sun Devils totaled 19 turnovers in the contest, leading to 23 points for Texas Southern.
There was a scary moment when freshman forward Taeshon Cherry re-aggrevated his right knee injury late in the first half. With ASU already down junior forward Mickey Mitchell and sophomore guard Remy Martin and redshirt junior guard Rob Edwards, they could ill-afford another rotation player suffering a long-term injury.
Luckily for Arizona State, Cherry returned to the floor in the second half and hit a couple of threes and made a nice block while contesting a perimeter jump shot.
Senior forward Zylan Cheatham continued to fill the stat sheet in his own unique way, compiling 14 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his first triple-double on the year. His role has been invaluable early on for a team that has lacked a true point guard the majority of the early season.
Freshman sensation guard Luguentz Dort had a more quiet night for his own lofty standards, but still managed to score 20 points with two rebounds and two dimes.
Finally, sophomore forward Kimani Lawrence put together another impressive night posting 13 points and eight rebounds.
The Sun Devils now turn their attention to their toughest contest to date. Heading to Los Angeles for a matchup with the No. 5 Nevada Wolfpack at the STAPLES Center.
Nevada made an improbable run to the Sweet Sixteen last season, and return the same core and added some intriguing freshmen to the mix.
It will be interesting to see how ASU fairs against another ranked opponent on a neutral floor.