Arizona State stuns Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse

Arizona State stuns Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse

Add Arizona State of the Pac-12 Conference to the short list of nonconference opponents to defeat Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse in the Bill Self era. The Sun Devils have knocked off Kansas State, Xavier and St. John's en route to an 8-0 record and can match the 1974-75 squad's 9-0 start with a victory over the Jayhawks, who are coming off a surprising setback against Washington on Wednesday. The key player was forward Romello White, who dominated the paint all night. Kenrich Williams added 16 points and 11 rebounds, his 11th double-double during the streak.

Ponds finished with 19 points but shot just 6 of 23 from the floor, which Hurley credited to the defensive efforts of senior guard Shannon Evans II.

So prior to the Sun Devils' game against at the Staples Center on Friday, Hurley wanted no part is discussing what was looming Sunday: a trip to Phog Allen Fieldhouse to play the second-ranked Jayhawks.

St. John's rallied from a 13-point deficit early in the second half to trail 71-70 on a layup by Shamorie Ponds after he stole the ball from White. That lead was the Jayhawks' biggest of the game and didn't last long.

Trae Young had 29 points and nine assists for in the Hall of Fame Basketball Classic tripleheader.

With off to its best start in over 30 years, coach Bobby Hurley didn't want to get caught looking ahead.

At the midpoint of the first half Arizona State pulled to within 23-20. "We've done really well in neutral sites and now we have to go to one of the most hard places to play in college basketball".

From a turnover standpoint, St. John's did only turn the ball over 11 times for the entire game. Arizona State has won seven of eight games by double figures and averages 91.4 points - seventh in the country entering Saturday - while Kansas has scored at least 90 five times in its first eight contests.

Despite a poor first quarter, Arizona State matched Florida State in the final three quarters outscoring the Seminoles 55-50.

In the end, the Red Storm can take a lot of positives from this game. Their defense tightened up in the second half and they got secondary scoring from the frontcourt. On the other hand, the backcourt had a tough time generating offense between Ponds, Simon, and Bashir Ahmed (1-for-8, seven points).

"Tariq, he's got so many skills", St. John's coach Chris Mullin said. Their last chance for that opportunity will be February 3 when the team hosts Duke (currently number one in the nation).

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