PLEASE NOTE: The following article was written by freelance writer Eduardo Louzada, assisted and edited by TC Arizona Sports editor Tony Capobianco.
TEMPE, Ariz– In another early season tuneup game, The Arizona State Sun Devils used a collective scoring attack to rout Florida A&M 97-70.
Sensational freshman point guard Jahii Carson led the Sun Devils with 20 points and 7 assists, while Chris Colvin added 15 points and renewed energy with his new role as 6th man.
With over a week off in between games, Arizona State didn’t skip a beat getting to a fast 17-4 run using pick and roll and forcing the Rattlers into numerous jump shots. The tide of the game remained the same for most of the first half as the hot shooting of Jamie Adams with 17 points kept the rattlers within striking distance. Colvin came off the bench in the first half to score 12 of his 15 points and provide most of the offense for Arizona State during the latter stages of the first half.
The second half started with a complete role reversal as the Sun Devils began in an offensive funk and Florida A&M traded jump shots for dribble penetration and offensive rebounding. They were able to close the lead down to 5 and put the Sun Devils into the penalty with over 10 minutes to go in the second half.
Carson’s three pick and rolls with Johnathan Gilling resulted in 8 points within a span of a minute and a half pushed the Sun Devil lead to 10. It sparked a 12-0 to push the game out of reach.
This game is evidence of Carson’s development as the next Sun Devil star. His impact as a point guard has been in full display during these last two games.
“He is our leader,” ASU center Jordan Bachynski said. “He’s like a young Steve Nash.”