No. 19 Sun Devils pick up non-conference victory over Jackson State

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TEMPE -- The 19th-ranked Arizona State men's basketball team is off to its best start in four years.

James Harden had 22 points and eight rebounds as the Sun Devils defeated Jackson State 81-60 last night in Tempe.

Harden led ASU in scoring for the 31st time in 41 career games despite fouling out with 4:10 to play.

Jeff Pendergraph had 19 points and Rihards Kuksiks added 16 for the Sun Devils, who are now 6-1 and off to their best start since they went 11-1 to open the 2004-05 season.

Harden has scored 86 points in his last 68 minutes.

He was 7-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

Jackson State's record fell to 1-7.

The Tigers missed their first nine 3-point shots and finished 2-of-16 from beyond the arc.

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