Arizona State Tops Fairleigh Dickinson
Dec. 6, 2004
By MEL REISNER
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.
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.