Harden scores 21 points as Sun Devils win 6th straight

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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.

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 St. Francis (PA)
B. Dieng B. Dieng
7-9,  17 Pts
5 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Arizona St.
J. Harden J. Harden
6-7,  21 Pts
4 Rebs, 5 Assists

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