Arizona St. Blows By Bucknell

Dec 27, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Ike Diogu scored 16 points and Donnell Knight 15 asArizona State advanced to the championship of its holiday tournament with a79-52 rout of Bucknell on Friday night.

The Sun Devils (7-3) will play Nebraska in for the ASU/azcentral.com HoopsClassic on Saturday night. The Cornhuskers beat UC Santa Barbara 60-57 in thefirst game.

Curtis Millage contributed 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Diogu was 4-of-5and Knight 6-of-8 to help Arizona State match its season high for accuracy at63.3 percent.

Boakai Lalugba and Dan Blankenship had 12 points each for the Bison (4-5).

The Sun Devils broke open a tight first half with a 14-2 run in the final5:26.

Knight, who had 11 points at halftime, started the surge with two successiveputbacks and Diogu had a three-point play and a layup. Arizona State opened a39-22 lead when Kyle Dodd made a layup with four seconds to go.

In the second half, the Sun Devils outscored Bucknell 23-6 in the first10:40, closing the run with two 3-pointers by Jamal Hill, one by Millage and adunk by Kyle Dodd off a pass from Millage after a steal.

That sent Arizona State to a 62-28 lead.

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