Arizona State Tops Fairleigh Dickinson

Dec. 6, 2004

Box Score

AP Sports Writer

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Ike Diogu had a season-high 34 points, leading ArizonaState to its first 6-1 start in 12 years with an 89-81 victory over FairleighDickinson on Monday night.

Diogu, who extended his career-long, double-digit scoring streak to 66games, also had 10 rebounds.

Serge Angounou and freshman Bryson Krueger had career highs, each with 14points, and Jason Braxton had 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists as theSun Devils won their fourth straight.

Chad Timberlake, who was suspended by coach Tom Green before FairleighDickinson's 80-66 loss at California on Saturday, matched his career high with25 points. Gordon Klaiber added 15 points, Andre Harris 14 and Michael Peeples12 for the Knights (2-5).

Timberlake had 13 points in the second half, getting the Knights within42-40 when he dunked 21 seconds in.

That sent Arizona State on an 11-2 run highlighted by Braxton's floor-lengthdribble through pressure for a layup, and the Sun Devils opened a 53-42 lead.

But the Knights answered with a 9-0 spurt capped by Mensah Peterson's16-foot jumper, cutting the deficit to 53-51 with 12:56 to go.

Arizona State had little breathing room after that until Harris fouled outon a three-point play by Braxton with 3:08 left, good for a 77-69 lead.

Diogu had 15 points at halftime, leading the Sun Devils to a 30-15 lead whenhe dunked off a spin move with 7:56 left in the first period.

But the Knights got their wind with the insertion of Harris into the lineup.

Harris, who had a career-high 16 points at Cal, scored eight points in a2:13 span, and Fairleigh Dickinson got within 36-32 on a 3-pointer by Peepleswith 2:59 to go.