Boateng's big night gives ASU big win, 68-60Posted: Updated:
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Eric Boateng scored a career-high 24 points and Derek Glasser had 20, lifting Arizona State to a 68-60 victory over Stanford on Thursday night.
The Sun Devils (20-8, 10-5 Pac-10) remained alone in second place in the Pac-10, one-half game behind first-place California, which defeated Arizona 95-71 on Thursday night. The Sun Devils and Bears play Saturday at Berkeley, Calif.
Boateng went 11 for 11 from the field, all of his shots coming from close range, and tied the Pac-10 record for field goals made in a game without a miss.
"Can't say enough about the performance of Eric Boateng," ASU coach Herb Sendek said. "Eleven out of eleven, so many hustle plays, big rebounds - he wouldn't let us lose today. He really put the team on his back and carried us through. Even when he didn't score, and they sent a second defender, it seemed like he found the right guy every time."
Ty Abbott scored 10 points - all in the second half - for the Sun Devils, who won their fourth straight game and have now posted three straight seasons with at least 20 victories under Sendek.
Landry Fields, the Pac-10's leading scorer, led Stanford (13-5, 7-9) with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Drew Shiller scored a season-high 16 points.
ASU trailed 35-28 at halftime but opened the second half with a 17-6 run to take a 45-41 lead. Boateng scored seven points during the spurt and had his second three-point play of the game, overpowering Stanford inside.
"We just executed the game tonight the way we practice," said Boateng, who transferred from Duke to ASU after the 2005-06 season. "It went according to our plan. I was able to take advantage of what Stanford gave us. In the second half, we seemed to come together much better."
Abbott put ASU ahead 42-41 when he scored in the key, then Glasser nailed a 3-point shot with 11:24 left, boosting ASU's lead to four points.
After Jack Trotter hit a jumper for Stanford, Boateng scored inside and Glasser made three free throws after Fields fouled him while shooting beyond the arc. That gave the Sun Devils a 50-43 lead.
Stanford hung close and trailed just 58-54 with under 2 minutes left but could get no closer.
"I thought at times we defended very well," said Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins, who coached Boateng while an assistant at Duke. "In the second half, they were able to free up a little more and create opportunities, especially down low with Eric Boateng. He had a terrific game. The young man played one of the best games I've ever seen him play in the low post.
"That was something they were able to go to, and then when we started making the adjustments on him, it freed up some of the other guys for looks that they were able to get."
Fields, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, became just the fifth player in Stanford history to score at least 600 career points, joining Adam Keefe, Todd Lichti, Casey Jacobsen and Keith Jones. With his 19 points against ASU, Fields now has 618 in his career.
Stanford's Jeremy Green set a school single-season record for 3-point baskets with 85, breaking Jacobsen's mark of 84 from the 2000-2001 season. Green was just 2 of 10 from beyond the arc against ASU. He broke Jacobsen's record with a 3-point shot from the right corner with under 5 seconds left in the first half.
ASU beat Stanford 88-70 last month at home, jumping to a 41-11 first-half lead. Abbott scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds in that win. He hit six 3-point shots in the game's first 10 minutes and finished 7 of 9 from beyond the arc.
The Sun Devils shot 65.6 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from 3-point range in the first game. Stanford shot 25 percent from the field and was 0 for 11 from long range.
This time, Stanford came out hot and jumped to a 19-10 lead with Shiller scoring 11 points and nailing all three of his 3-point shots. Abbott, meanwhile, went scoreless in the first half, missing all three of his shots, and the Cardinal built a 35-28 halftime lead. Shiller led the way with 13 first-half points, and Fields had nine, making 4 of 6 shots from the field. Stanford shot 54.5 percent from 3-point range in the half, going 6 for 11, while ASU shot just 37.5 percent, making 3 of 8.
The 6-foot-10, 257-pound Boateng paced ASU in the first half with 11 points, making all five of his attempts. Jamelle McMillan scored eight points but picked up his third foul with 4:25 left and spent the rest of the half on the bench.
"In the first half we were a little lackadaisical," Glasser said. "It seemed like we were slow on our rotations on defense. At halftime we talked about picking it up on defense, because if we kept letting them score, we had no shot at winning.
"Boateng put us on his back in this game. He was finishing great, going 11 for 11. That's hard to do - even in a 5-foot-and-under league that's hard to do. He kept getting fouled and making them. He played a heck of a game tonight."
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