TEMPE, Ariz. – Senior Ty Dalton led HBU with 19 points and was joined in double-figures scoring by three teammates but the 18th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils built too big a lead in the first half for the Huskies to overcome despite out-scoring the hosts by 11 in the second half, downing HBU 100-77 on Sunday afternoon inside Desert Financial Arena.
HBU (0-2) came out and traded buckets with the Sun Devils (2-1) in the early going with both teams alternating threes for a 6-6 game just over two minutes in. Nearly a minute later, with the score notched at 8-8, ASU then went on a seven-point run but the Huskies responded with the next four to trail 15-12 at the 14:07 mark. From there, a pair of large ASU runs put the game beyond the Huskies’ reach and the Sun Devils led 65-31 at halftime.
In the second half, ASU kept the Huskies off the board for nearly the first four minutes while building its lead as high as 45 before freshman Brycen Long connected on a trey. The Huskies then picked it up in the second half with multiple runs that included a 10-point stretch before closing the game with a 7-0 run to out-score the Sun Devils 46-35 in the second period.
HBU out-rebounded the Pac-12 power, 38-34, with 13 boards coming on the offensive end. The Huskies shot 39.3 percent (24-of-61) from the floor and knocked down 41.4 percent (12-of-29) from behind the arc. ASU held a distinct advantage in the turnover department, forcing HBU into 23 turnovers while committing just 11.
Dalton finished the day with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting and knocked down 3-of-6 from three-point range. The senior also added four rebounds and three assists. Junior Darius Lee, in his second game with the Huskies, added 13 points, six rebounds, two steals, and a blocked shot in 22 minutes off the bench.
Hunter Janacek, also a junior, was a perfect 8-of-8 from the foul line and also finished the game with 13 points and five rebounds. Freshman Za-Ontay Boothman, from Buckeye, Ariz., ended the game with 12 points after knocking down 4-of-8 from deep. Pedro Castro led all players with seven rebounds while contributing eight points for the Huskies.
Arizona State finished the game shooting 54.5 percent (36-of-66) from the field and 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from long-range. Marcus Bagley scored a game-high 21 points while Josh Christopher was 8-of-11 from the floor for 17 points.
The Huskies will head back to the DFW area to face the SMU Mustangs on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7:00 p.m. inside Moody Coliseum before facing Rice in their home opener on Saturday, Dec. 5.