Arizona State Routs Western Illinois, 87-35
Nov. 13, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Starters Jamelle McMillan scored 12 points and Rihards Kuksiks and Derek Glasser added 10 apiece to help Arizona State to a decisive 87-35 victory against overmatched Western Illinois in a season opener Friday night.
Eric Boateng had nine points and nine rebounds, one short of his career high, and Jerren Shipp added eight points to help the Sun Devils record the largest margin of victory in coach Herb Sendek's four seasons. The previous record under Sendek had been 39.
Playing Sendek's favorite 3-2 matchup zone defense, ASU held the Leathernecks to 23.1 percent shooting (12 of 52).
Matt Lander led the Leathernecks with 14 points.
McMillan, a junior scored all his points on three-point baskets, making 4 of 5 from long range.
ASU freshman Demetrius Walker added 12 points as Sendek played his reserves most of the second half. Glasser, a point guard, played an ASU-high 24 minutes.
The Sun Devils, coming off a 25-13 season in which they reached the second round of the NCAA tournament, must replace their two leading scorers, All-American guard James Harden and center Jeff Pendergraph.
Harden averaged 20.1 points a game last year and was the third player taken in the NBA draft. Pendergraph averaged 14.3 points and was the first player taken in the second round.
The game was Sendek?s 100th at ASU. The Sun Devils are 55-45 in his tenure. ASU was 66-34 in Ned Wulk?s first 100 games. It was 59-41 in Bill Frieder?s first 100 and 51-49 in Rob Evans? first 100.
Western Illinois, a member of the Summit League, played without starting point guard Ceola Clark, who was sidelined with an ankle injury. The Leathernecks made four of their first 20 shots and trailed 33-11 after 17 1/2 minutes.
It was the first meeting between the schools.