Arizona St. 89, Fairleigh Dickinson 81
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP)—Ike Diogu had a season-high 34 points, leading Arizona State to its first 6-1 start in 12 years with an 89-81 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday night.
Diogu, who extended his career-long, double-digit scoring streak to 66 games, also had 10 rebounds.
Serge Angounou and freshman Bryson Krueger had career highs, each with 14 points, and Jason Braxton had 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the Sun Devils won their fourth straight.
Chad Timberlake, who was suspended by coach Tom Green before Fairleigh Dickinson’s 80-66 loss at California on Saturday, matched his career high with 25 points. Gordon Klaiber added 15 points, Andre Harris 14 and Michael Peeples 12 for the Knights (2-5).
Timberlake had 13 points in the second half, getting the Knights within 42-40 when he dunked 21 seconds in.
That sent Arizona State on an 11-2 run highlighted by Braxton’s floor-length dribble through pressure for a layup, and the Sun Devils opened a 53-42 lead.
But the Knights answered with a 9-0 spurt capped by Mensah Peterson’s 16-foot jumper, cutting the deficit to 53-51 with 12:56 to go.
Arizona State had little breathing room after that until Harris fouled out on a three-point play by Braxton with 3:08 left, good for a 77-69 lead.
Diogu had 15 points at halftime, leading the Sun Devils to a 30-15 lead when he dunked off a spin move with 7:56 left in the first period.
But the Knights got their wind with the insertion of Harris into the lineup.
Harris, who had a career-high 16 points at Cal, scored eight points in a 2:13 span, and Fairleigh Dickinson got within 36-32 on a 3-pointer by Peeples with 2:59 to go.