College Basketball Evans scores 28, ASU gets past UNLV
BTEMPE — Shannon Evans II scored a season-high 28 points and Arizona State tied a school record with 18 3-pointers, coasting to a 97-73 win over UNLV Saturday night.
Evans, Torian Graham and Tra Holder combined to make 15 3s, with Graham hitting six as part of his 22 points.
The Sun Devils scored 19 points off 12 Rebels turnovers and led by as many as 30 points.
Holder added 20 points and Arizona State shot 49 percent from the field.
ASU used an 11-0 run to take a 20-6 lead in the first half, with Graham and Holder hitting a pair of treys during the run. The Rebels cut the lead to five, 34-29, on free throw by Jalen Poyser with 4:15 left, but the Sun Devils closed out the half on a 17-3 run and stayed in control the rest of the way.
Thirteen of Arizona State’s 17 first-half field goals were from long distance. Maurice O’Field took ASU’s 36th 3-point attempt with 17 seconds left, but the effort came up short of both the rim and the record
Down 19 points at halftime, UNLV couldn’t cut the lead into single digits. Poser’s 20 points led UNLV, with forward Tyrell Green adding 18 points and nine rebounds.
The Rebels had won five of six until Saturday.
UNLV: Uche Ofoegbu started after missing the Rebels’ last game due to illness ... Christian Jones (foot) missed his fifth straight game ... Cheickna Dembele (foot) played five minutes after missing the past three games.
ARIZONA STATE: Rapper YG took part in the students’ Curtain of Distraction free throw tradition ... Kodi Justice was knocked to the floor on the final play of the first half but was able to walk off the court and returned in the second half.
UNLV: Three of the Rebels’ next five games are against teams in the Top 25: No. 5 Duke on Dec. 10, No. 23 Oregon in Portland on Dec. 17 and fourth-ranked Kansas on Dec. 22.
Arizona State: The Sun Devils go to New York for their next game, then fly back across the country to San Diego for a game against San Diego State on Dec. 10.
UNLV takes on Duke at the new T-Mobile Arena Dec. 10.
Arizona State plays No. 15 Purdue in the Jimmy V Classic Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.