Arizona State clamps down on Hartford to win 71-63By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP)—Jahii Carson had 20 points and six assists, Eric Jacobsen added 16 points, and Arizona State used a dominating defensive stretch in the second half to beat Hartford 71-63 Wednesday night.
Arizona State (7-1) traded baskets with the Hawks from a hot-shooting first half until picking up the pressure midway through the second.
Contesting shots and snatching steals, the Sun Devils held Hartford to one field goal for more than 11 minutes and to 9-of-31 shooting in the second half.
Carrick Felix added 11 points and 11 rebounds for Arizona State, which shot 56 percent to overcome an 11 for 23 night from the free-throw line.
Hartford (4-4) kept up with the Sun Devils in the first half, but faded in the second under their pressure and size.
Nate Sikma had 26 points, but Hawks leading scorer Mark Nwakamma missed all eight of his shots.