Western Michigan Wins Arizona State Tournament
Dec 31, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Ben Reed hit four free throws in the final 20.6 secondto secure the Broncos' victory in the Arizona State azcentral.com HoopsClassic.
In the championship game of the two-day tournament, Western Michigan beatthe host Sun Devils 81-76 on Tuesday night.
In the consolation game, Winthrop held off San Diego 70-66.
Tuesday's loss was Arizona State's fourth in the finals of its tournament inthe last 15 seasons while the Broncos (7-1) have won six straight.
Reed had a career-high 36 points and Mike Williams added 27 points and 10rebounds to help secure the victory.
Arizona State (6-3) missed 8 of 14 free throws in the final 6:03 of the gamewhile Western Michigan made 5 of 7 during the same stretch.
Ike Diogu had 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Sun Devils, who have failedto win their tournament 10 times in 37 events.
Moore added 15 points for Arizona State.
The Sun Devils led most of the way until Williams made two free throws with6:14 left to give the Broncos the lead for good at 69-67.
Arizona State led 41-37 at halftime on Diogu's 17 points. He made all 11 ofhis free throws in the first half and finished the night with a school record18 of 23 from the line.
In the consolation game, Marcus Cooke scored 18 points, making 3 of 43-pointers, in leading Winthrop (6-5).
Tyrone Walker added 15 points and eight rebounds and made 4 of 5 free throwsin the final 23 seconds for the Eagles, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Brice Vounang scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half for the Toreros(3-10). Nick Lewis added 15 points.
Although San Diego never led in the second half, it never fell behind bymore than six and got within 66-64 with 1:30 left.
Vounang made a layup with 5.3 seconds left but Walker sealed the Winthropvictory with a pair of free throws one second later.
The Eagles took advantage of San Diego's season-high 30 turnovers, scoring32 points off those mistakes.
That made up for a 46 percent shooting night (25 of 55). San Diego stayedclose by making 25 of 47 (53 percent) from the field, including 6 of 17 frombeyond the 3-point line. The Toreros also outrebounded the Eagles 38-21.