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Men's hoops cruises to 39-point win


December 05, 2007

By Matt Storey, ASU Media Relations

The ASU men's basketball team bounced back from its loss to Nebraska with a 77-38 win over Delaware State Wednesday at Wells Fargo Arena.

"I thought our guys were really anxious to get back on the court tonight," head coach Herb Sendek said. "They were ready to try to make amends for the way we played on Sunday."

Freshman guard James Harden led the way again for the Sun Devils, scoring 24 points on 10-13 shooting. He also led the team with eight rebounds in the victory.

Harden came out aggressive early, as he scored 17 points in the first 14 minutes of the game.

"We just played, and we shared the ball real well," Harden said. "My teammates looked for me, and I got some shots to fall."

Sophomore center Eric Boateng had his finest game yet in a Sun Devil uniform. He scored 10 points on 5-5 shooting, all in the first half, and his dunk with just less than four minutes left in the first half gave the Sun Devils a 22-point lead at the time.

"Eric really did a great job, especially in transition for us," Sendek said.

The Sun Devils shot 65 percent from the field in the game, including a second half in which they made 14 of their 17 field goal attempts.

They also had a season-high 25 assists in the victory, with the point guard duo of sophomore Derek Glasser and freshman Jamelle McMillan combining for 12 of those assists.

"I was really pleased with the way we played together," Sendek said. "We really emphasized going into the game that we had to work to make each other better. Tonight we played with each other. That's a fun way to play, and that's the right way to play."