Forward C.J. Anderson drives to the basket past Arizona State guard Jerren Shipp (44) as forward Jason Love looks on . (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
Dec. 15, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -Ty Abbott scored 19 points as Arizona State defeated No. 17 Xavier 77-55 on Saturday.
Jerren Shipp scored 17 points, and James Harden added 16 for the Sun Devils.
In what is believed to be a first for ASU, the Sun Devils started four freshmen - guards Harden, Abbott, Jamelle McMillan and forward Rihards Kuksiks.
Abbott went 7-for-10 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from beyond the 3-point arc.
B.J. Raymond scored 12 points for Xavier, which snapped a seven-game win streak.
The Musketeers struggled against Arizona State's tenacious zone defense. Even when Xavier penetrated, the Sun Devils contested every shot. Xavier shot 30.6 percent from the floor, 22 percent in the second half.
ASU, meanwhile, shot 59.5 percent from the floor, and 52.6 percent from beyond the arc.
The game matched ASU coach Herb Sendek against Xavier's Sean Miller, who served on Sendek's staffs at Miami of Ohio and North Carolina State.
The Musketeers hit their first four shots from the floor - three from beyond the arc - and jumped out to an 8-0 lead after 90 seconds.
ASU called timeout and regrouped. The Sun Devils answered with a 12-3 run.
After Xavier rallied to take an 18-12 lead, ASU went on a 15-2 run, with Shipp scoring seven points off the bench. ASU shot 62 percent in the first half on its way to a 33-28 halftime lead - the first time Xavier has trailed at the intermission this season.
The Sun Devils opened the second half on a 13-5 run capped by Shipp's 3-pointer from the left wing.Arizona State's shooting percentage was the best against Xavier since Saint Joseph's shot 60.0 percent against Xavier in 2003-04 in a win over XU at Cintas Center in which SJU senior guard Delonte West was perfect from the floor. That SJU team was undefeated most of the season and went on to the Elite 8 as XU did. Xavier's shooting percentage was the worst since XU shot 29.8 percent in a loss at UC in the 2004-05 season. ASU is the first team to shoot 50 percent against Xavier this season. It was a bad day for the Musketeers, including XU's worst loss under Sean Miller and worst since an 80-49 loss to La Salle in 1999-2000 season at Cincinnati Gardens.