Harden scores 24 points as 17th-ranked Sun Devils rout Central Connecticut State

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona State men's basketball team is now off to its best start in four years and looking to match a mark set 34 season ago.

James Harden scored 24 points and the 17th-ranked Sun Devils shot 65 percent from the floor en route to drubbing Central Connecticut State 84-47 last night.

Ty Abbott added 15 points and Jeff Pendergraph 14 for ASU, which hit 19 of its first 22 shots from the floor and its first 15 from inside the arc.

The Sun Devils were perfect from inside the 3-point line until Harden missed a runner in the lane with 18:07 to go.

ASU also went 11-1 to open the 2004-05 season but lost the 13th game that season to archrival Arizona.

The Sun Devils were last 12-1 to start a season in 1974-75, when they won 15 of the first 16 games.

Last night's easy victory in Tempe was the seven in a row for ASU and wrapped up a soft non-conference schedule.

The Sun Devils ' lone loss came against No. 19 Baylor on Nov. 28 in Anaheim.

Now, the Sun Devils play at 9-0 Stanford on Friday night and 11-2 California on Sunday.