The Sun Devils Run Away With Title At ASU Hoops Classic

Dec. 22, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Bryson Krueger scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half as Arizona State beat Northern Arizona 72-55 Thursday night in the championship game of the ASU Hoops Classic.

Kevin Kruger added 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Sun Devils (6-3) as he earned tournament MVP honors.

Kyle Landry had 13 points and six rebounds for Northern Arizona (6-6).

Krueger hit a 3-pointer and had a three-point play on back-to-back possessions during a 10-0 run that gave Arizona State a 47-34 lead with 14:12 remaining.

The Lumberjacks closed to within 53-47 on Steven Sir's 3-pointer with 9:00 left but Krueger and Kruger each hit 3-pointers and Northern Arizona never got closer than nine.

Krueger missed all four of his shots in the first half but made 6-of-12 in the second half.

Sir finished with 12 points - all on 3-pointers - for the Lumberjacks, who committed 22 turnovers.

Arizona State has won its tournament 29 times in its 39-year history, including 13 of the last 17.

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