Sun Devils Blow By Arkansas-Little Rock 89-72
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Transfer Steve Moore, the perimeter threat Arizona Statelacked last season, scored 26 points in his major college debut and Ike Dioguhad 24 in the Sun Devils' 89-72 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday.
Diogu, the only preseason All-American in Arizona State history afterearning Pac-10 freshman of the year honors in 2002-03, also had eight reboundsand a career-high five blocks.
Jamal Hill added 11 points and Jason Braxton 10.
Nick Zachery scored 25 points for the Trojans, who led early but couldn'thold on for an opening win for new coach Steve Shields. Jamal Holden had 12points and Darius Eason 10.
Moore made two 3-pointers, a 12-foot bank shot and two free throws duringArizona State's 23-8 run to start the start the second half.
Braxton, who tied a career high with seven assists, closed the surge withthree straight field goals for a 63-47 lead with 12:14 remaining.
The Trojans got no closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Zachery had 10 points in the first 4:53, and Arizona State, starting twofreshmen in an opener for the first time in 13 years, trailed by as many as sixpoints early on.
Diogu, forced outside by double-teaming, finally scored on a 3-pointer with13:06 left in the half. He had eight more points before the half ended, sendingthe Sun Devils to a 36-30 lead with 4:31 to go.
But Eason had two baskets and two free throws, allowing the Trojans to closewithin 40-39 at halftime.