White scores 19, Arizona State rolls over Colorado 83-61

Sun Devils avoid home sweep to open Pac-12 play

White scores 19, Arizona State rolls over Colorado 83-61
Colorado forward Lucas Siewert (23) tries to pass the ball as Arizona State's Taeshon Cherry (35) and Luguentz Dort (0) defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Romello White scored 19 points, Luguentz Dort added 14 and Arizona State jumped on Colorado from the start of an 83-61 victory on Saturday.

Coming off a disappointing loss to Utah, the Sun Devils responded to a shakeup in the starting lineup by playing with more energy at both ends of the floor.

Arizona State (10-4, 1-1 Pac-12) moved the ball far better on offense to shoot 57 percent and smothered the Buffaloes early with an aggressive 2-3 zone.

The Sun Devils led by 18 at halftime and never gave Colorado (9-4, 0-2) a chance of a comeback, holding the Buffaloes to 33 percent shooting.

Colorado, which shot poorly in a loss to Arizona on Thursday, went 5 for 26 from 3-point range to lose for the fourth time in five games. McKinley Wright IV led the Buffaloes with 12 points.

The Sun Devils appeared to have righted themselves after an unexpected home loss to Princeton to close out the nonconference season, jumping out to a 17-point lead against Utah on Thursday.

Arizona State fell back into its inconsistent ways after the midpoint of the first half, allowing too many open 3-pointers and baskets in transition, leading to a 10-point loss.

Sun Devils coach Bobby Hurley shook up his starting lineup after the loss, opening with Luguentz Dort and Remy Martin, the team's top two scorers, on the bench. Rob Edwards and De'Quon Lake started.

The shakeup proved to be just the wakeup the Sun Devils needed.

Opening in a 2-3 zone, Arizona State swarmed the Buffaloes, holding them without a field goal for nearly 6 1/2 minutes while opening on a 13-2 run.

Colorado saw a few shots go down later in the half, yet couldn't make up ground. Arizona State led 44-26 after holding the Buffaloes to 8-of-27 shooting, including 2 for 13 from the 3-point arc.

The Sun Devils continued the energy into the second half, crushing the Buffaloes with stingy defense and a series of transition dunks.


Colorado started cold and stayed that way, leaving Arizona with a two-game desert disappointment.

Arizona State got its mojo back on both ends of the floor, just in time for its first conference road trip of the season.


Colorado hosts Washington State on Thursday.

Arizona State plays at California on Wednesday.


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