Arizona State 78, DePaul 56

Jack McCarthy, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Guard Jahii Carson led a balanced attack with 23 points as the Arizona State Sun Devils claimed a 78-56 non-conference victory over the DePaul Blue Demons on Friday night at Allstate Arena.
The Sun Devils (8-2) broke a three-game series losing streak against the host Blue Demons (4-4) as guard Jermaine Marshall scored 20, forward Shaquielle McKissic had 14 points and 11 rebounds and forward Jonathan Gilling added 12.
Guard Billy Garrett scored a team-high 14 points, center Tommy Hamilton had 12 while guard Durrell McDonald added 11 and for a DePaul team that managed a season-low 29.2 percent (19 of 65) from the field and went 2 of 17 on 3-point attempts.
The Sun Devils shook off their own poor shooting start to end the game at 50.9 percent (27 of 53).
Arizona State led 28-23 at halftime and opened the second half with seven straight points while DePaul made only one of its first six shots from the field to fall behind 35-26.
The Sun Devils used a 6-0 run for its first double digit lead at 45-34 on McKissic's layup at 14:32.
Carson and Marshall then hit back-to-back 3-pointers in a span of 30 seconds to open a 51-36 advantage with 12:54 showing. Gilling followed with another 3-pointer and forward Eric Jacobsen's layup extended the run to 11-0 and a 56-36 lead.
DePaul never got closer than 15 points the rest of the way.
The Blue Demons still have a 4-2 all-time series lead.
Arizona State never trailed in the first half and led by as many as nine points at 14-5 after Carson's layup with 12:18 left. DePaul trimmed the margin to one less than four minutes later when Garrett's jumper made it 17-16.
Neither team shot well in the first half. The Sun Devils connected on 33.3 percent from the field (7 of 21) in the first 14:15 as they opened a 20-16 lead. The Blue Demons hit just 28 percent (7 of 25) during the same span.
Arizona State made 4 of 6 shots from the field in the final minutes and led 28-25 at halftime behind Carson's 13 points.
The Sun Devils are idle until Dec. 14 when they host Grambling. DePaul is home next Thursday against Florida Atlantic.
NOTES: Friday's game was just the second on the road so far for the Sun Devils, who won 86-80 on Nov. 19 at UNLV. ... C Jordan Bachynski entered the week with seven double-doubles, tied with Kentucky's Julius Randle. Bachynski is the the program's career leader in blocks (218). ... Transfer G Jermaine Marshall was the Big Ten's No. 6 scorer last season (15.3 points) at Penn State and picked up where he left off with a 14.2-point average so far for Arizona State. ... Friday's game was DePaul's second of the week against Pac-12 opponents. The Blue Demons beat Oregon State 93-81 last Sunday. ... The Blue Demons need just one victory to hit 1,400 all time. They were 1,399-904 since the first fully recognized basketball season in 1923-24 entering Friday. ... G Brandon Young, DePaul's No. 2 scorer at 16.3 points, sat out Friday with an ankle sprain sustained against Oregon State. ... Blue Demons freshman Billy Garrett Jr. was named Big East rookie of the week after his 15-point, 10-assist effort against Oregon State.

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