Harden scores 21 points as Sun Devils win 6th straight
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP)—James Harden scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half as Arizona State defeated St. Francis (Pa.) 95-56 Saturday for its sixth straight win.
Harden, who has five 20-plus point performances in 12 games as a freshman, hit 3-of-4 from beyond the 3-point line in an 8-for-10 first half as the Sun Devils (10-2) built a 51-27 halftime lead.
The Sun Devils made a school-record 11-of-15 (73 percent) 3-pointers in their final non-conference game of the season.
Jeff Pendergraph and Ty Abbott each added 19 points for Arizona State, which is off to its second-best start in 13 seasons.
Bassirou Dieng led St. Francis (3-9) with a career-high 17 points and five rebounds before fouling out with 10:04 left.
Grant Surprenant added 15 points for the Red Flash, who have now lost three straight.
Arizona State made five of its first seven 3-point attempts over St. Francis’ zone defense and raced to a 23-4 lead in the first 6:35 of the game.
St. Francis missed 11 of its first 14 field goals, including 6-of-7 from beyond the arc.