TEMPE, Arizona — Sun Devil Men’s Basketball hits the streets for the first time in 2022, traveling to Houston for a match against Texas Southern Sunday at 1:00 p.m. MST.
Arizona State (2-0) made its best start since 2018-19, defeating Tarleton and Northern Arizona at Desert Financial Arena. head coach Bobby Hurley‘s team is doing their first Test away from home, taking on Texas Southern in the Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Series.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Tune in to MST Pac-12 Networks or ESPN+ at 1 p.m. to watch Sun Devil Men’s Basketball take on Texas Southern. All 31 of Arizona State’s games this season will be televised, with Maroon & Gold appearing on ESPN, FOX, CBS and Pac-12 Network in addition to several major network partners. The action can also be followed via live stats, available here.
SWAC/HBCU LEGACY SERIES
The Pac-12 and Southwestern Athletic (SWAC) conferences formed a basketball education and planning partnership that will feature a unique annual home-and-home series between member institutions. The men’s and women’s basketball partnership aims to create a forum for competition as well as for promotion and education related to anti-racism and social justice. The women’s team hosted Grambling State on November 11, while the men’s team travels to Texas Southern on November 13. Arizona State is one of three schools that have the opportunity to travel to a SWAC (Washington State, Colorado) school.
Sun Devil men’s basketball found its rhythm Thursday night at the Desert Financial Arena with an 84-68 wire-to-wire win over northern Arizona. ASU used a stiff three-point defense and a quick barrage to get the jump on the Lumberjacks early. Faithful to the sun, Bobby Hurley improved to 2-0 for the first time since an 8-0 start in 2018-19, rising to 34-7 in home non-conference games.
DJ Horne led by 25 points in an efficient 7-of-11 shooting and set a new high score mark as the Sun Devil. Devan Cambridge (16) and Warren Washington (12) each hit double digits and had a huge impact on defense. Frankie Collins played altruistic offense and gave up eight assists while the Sun Devils shot 54% from the field.
The Sun Devils shot 54.2% (26/48) from field and 52.9% (9/17) from three-point range in the win over NAU. Via the Pac-12 Research Division, this marks the first time since an 84-66 win over UCLA on 2/6/20 that ASU shot over 50% from the field and over the arc in the same game. Arizona State is 8-0 under Bobby Hurley shooting over 50% from field and 50% from three.
Texas Southern is the defending SWAC tournament champion and has made it to the NCAA tournament in four of the last five seasons and six of the last eight. The Tigers are tough to beat in health and physical education classes, having a 45-9 record at home for the past five seasons. Arizona State is 2-0 all-time against Texas Southern, falling short of both wins Bobby Hurley.
THE THREE DEFEND
Opposing teams found it extremely difficult to shoot against the length and aggressiveness of the Sun Devil defense. This is especially true in the first half and from beyond the three-point line. Arizona State keeps opponents 5% from three-point range (1/20) through two games in the 1st half.
ASU is 17-9 in Pac-12 games with two possessions in the past three years and 24-12 overall. His 24 wins over that period are the most in the league.
OWN THE GLASS
Arizona State overtook Northern Arizona by 17 (40-23) giving them a combined +32 rebound advantage in 2 games.
THORNE ON THE DEFENSE
The Pac-12 All-Conference pick of preseason second team DJ Horne showed why there was so much buzz around him as he started the season. Horne shone in the win over NAU and set a new scoring high as the sun devil with 25 points. He was extremely efficient from the field (7-11) and showed the ability to score in a variety of ways, making 7 out of 9 free throws and 4 out of 6 three-pointers. Horne added 6 rebounds and averages 7.0 per game as a guard. It was his 4th game at ASU with at least 20 PT and his second career game with at least 25 points.
“It’s definitely going to be different than a regular road trip,” DJ Horne replied when asked about the Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Series game. “We had a meeting about some of the possibilities that we can experience as we go on this journey. We’re just really looking forward to doing that and learning some new things, but also remember that at the end of the day, this is a business trip. We go there to win.”
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