No. 17 ASU Rolls Past Central Connecticut State

Dec. 29, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - James Harden scored 24 points and Arizona State routed Central Connecticut State 84-47 on Monday night, matching its best start in 34 years.

Ty Abbott added 15 points and Jeff Pendergraph 14 for the 17th-ranked Sun Devils (11-1), who hit 19 of their first 22 shots from the floor and their first 15 from inside the arc. Arizona State was perfect from inside the 3-point line until Harden missed a runner in the lane with 18:07 to go.

The Sun Devils, who shot 65.3 percent from the floor, also went 11-1 to open the 2004-05 season.

The outburst came one week after the Sun Devils hit a school-record 17 3-pointers in a blowout of Idaho State.

Ken Horton scored 12 for the Blue Devils (5-6).

Arizona State took control with a 14-2 run midway through the first half. Harden scored the final seven points on a jumper, a 3-pointer and a dunk off a fast-break feed from Jamelle McMillan to give the Sun Devils a 22-9 lead.

ASU led 49-22 at halftime and outrebounded the Blue Devils 18-3 in the first half.

Arizona State improved to 20-4 when Harden, a sophomore, scores at least 20 points. He averages 23.7 points per game, best in the Pac-10 and No. 8 in the nation.

Harden hit 10 of 17 shots from the floor, one of four from beyond the arc.

Arizona State, whose lone loss came against No. 19 Baylor on Nov. 28 in Anaheim, Calif., tuned up for the tip-off of Pac-10 play. The Sun Devils visit Stanford (9-0) on Friday night and California (11-2) on Sunday.

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