No. 15 Sun Devils Open with Win

Nov. 14, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -James Harden had 24 points and 10 assists to lead No. 15 Arizona State to an 80-64 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Friday night.

The Sun Devils won their opener for the first time in Herb Sendek's three seasons.

After ASU won the opening tip, Harden dunked off a dish from Ty Abbott and the Sun Devils, who hit seven of their first nine shots from the floor, were off and running to a 39-23 halftime lead.

Shannon Behling scored 18 points for the Delta Devils, who won the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament last year.

The Sun Devils entered the season ranked for the first time since 1991-92, when they lost two of their first three in Maui and dropped out of the rankings.

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