Overall a nice game following Maui.
The Tigers did not show any signs of rust considering they haven't played in a week. ASU stayed in the game for the first ten minutes, but that was more a fact of their lights out shooting early (about 64%). The Tigers began to pull away a bit later in the half as the defense started limiting good shots for ASU and Antonio Anderson picked up the offensive output.
Excellent defensive intensity the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half. It shows a bit of helter skelter, but it works and the other team just doesn't know what hits them.
Andre Allen provided a nice boost with his energy. He missed two lay ups in the second half, but they provided highlights with Joey Dorsey follow up slam dunks. Joey again was disqualified from a game, but he really caught a tough break on the double technical. On replay, I don't think the official should have T'd up Joey who turned to face the ASU player but walked away dispite getting clothes lined. Joey's free throw form looks vastly improved. His season numbers are only just above 50% (he was 2 of 4 tonight), but I predict he'll move that to near 60% for the season based on this form.
Great game for Antonio Anderson. I think he needed a game like this to establish his offensive leadership position along with CDR. Besides the 17 points, he collected 5 assists and no turnovers. Also 80% from the line. Nice.
Jeremy Hunt did it again. Check out these stats - 6 of 9 FGs, 1 of 4 3's, 2 of 2 FTs, 5 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals in 21 minutes. He is the silent assassin.
The long range shot wasn't there tonight, but the stats are a bit skewed. The numbers show 4 of 25, but about six of those shots came in the last six minutes with Mack, Willis and Hunt taking some target practice in an AAU game.
Some nice numbers tonight.
16 assists, only 13 turnovers
forced 25 turnovers
with 15 steals
+5 rebound margin (maybe a bit too low considering the talent difference down low)
25 points for Anderson and CDR (25 of 86 - 29.1%)
Kemp and Allen (3 of 14 FGs Yuck!!!, 4 assists, 6 turnovers (not so good)