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No. 5 Arizona State rallies to beat Vanderbilt 76-64

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State came out flat, missing shots, tossing balls into the stands, allowing open 3-pointers.

The No. 5 team in the country? The Sun Devils looked more like they should be unranked, not among college basketball's elite.

In a matter of minutes, it all changed. Arizona State forced turnovers, got out on the break and dropped in 3-pointers to keep the crowd on its feet.

Once the Sun Devils get rolling like this, there's no stopping them.

Tra Holder scored 25 points, Shannon Evans II added 15 and No. 5 Arizona State overcame a dismal start with a massive halftime-spanning run to beat Vanderbilt 76-64 on Sunday. The Sun Devils improved to 10-0 for the first time in their history.

''We had the bursts and it's great we took the game from a one-two possession game and all of a sudden it's mid-doubles,'' Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley said. ''It happens fast.''

Arizona State built a national buzz with last week's road win over Kansas and its highest ranking in 36 years.

The Sun Devils looked nothing like the team that won at Allen Fieldhouse early against Vanderbilt (3-7), falling into a 13-0 hole. Once one of the nation's most explosive teams finally came to life, Vanderbilt had no chance.

Sharp at both ends, Arizona State used a 26-3 run spanning halftime to turn what started out as an embarrassing performance into a runaway that had Wells Fargo Arena the loudest it's been all season.

Mickey Mitchell provided the Sun Devils a spark off the bench, playing solid defense while grabbing 13 rebounds. Arizona State hit 14 of 28 shots in the second half to remain one of the nation's four undefeated teams.

Saben Lee had 24 points to lead Vanderbilt, which shot 4 of 30 from 3-point range.

''We're a small team, like ASU, and we have to make 3s,'' Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew said.

Following last Sunday's 10-point win over then-No. 2 Kansas, the Sun Devils moved up to No. 5, their highest ranking since being No. 3 in 1980-81, and received five first-place votes in the Top 25, a program first.

Suddenly, they were a trendy pick to make a Final Four. Hurley was being touted as a national coach of the year candidate by the coach of Arizona State's biggest rival. A buzz spread across the Valley of the Sun and beyond about the program being touted as ''Guard U.''

The spotlight appeared to be too bright for the Sun Devils early against Vanderbilt.

Disjointed and struggling with double teams in the post, Arizona State had five turnovers in the game's opening five minutes. The Sun Devils didn't score until Romello White's layup at 14:49, and the fans who were rowdy long before tipoff groaned with each miscue.

''We were knocking down shots and they were missing at the beginning,'' Lee said.

Then Arizona State got back to playing the way it had to open the season.

The Sun Devils harassed the Commodores into difficult shots late in the shot clock and jumped into passing lanes to create turnovers. Shots missed earlier at the rim started going in, and they made a couple of late 3-pointers after missing their first nine.

Holder had one of those 3s, dropping a deep one at the halftime buzzer that put Arizona State up 30-29.

The Sun Devils kept the engine revving in the second half, scoring 12 straight points to push the lead to 49-31. Vanderbilt made one push, but got no closer than 12.

''We were just a little rusty. We had a long week off,'' said Holder, who made all 11 of his free throws. ''But we got back to our groove.''

BIG PICTURE

Vanderbilt showed it can play with highly-ranked teams in the opening 10 minutes. The final 30 showed the Commodores still have plenty of work to do before the SEC season starts.

Arizona State looked like the No. 5 team in the country after its shaky start and could move up in Monday's poll after No. 3 Wichita State lost.

LEE'S HOMECOMING

Lee grew up in Arizona and played at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, so Sunday's game was a homecoming of sorts.

The freshman guard is Vanderbilt's assist leader with 34 and made 9 of 14 shots to set a career high in points.

''It was pretty weird, knowing that I watched a lot of games here and now I'm going against them,'' Lee said. ''But it was a good experience..''

UP NEXT

Vanderbilt hosts Houston Baptist on Wednesday.

Arizona State hosts Longwood on Tuesday.

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Key Players
J. Roberson
11 F
T. Holder
0 G
36.8 Min. Per Game 36.8
23.6 Pts. Per Game 23.6
5.8 Ast. Per Game 5.8
5.8 Reb. Per Game 5.8
41.0 Field Goal % 45.7
36.8 Three Point % 40.5
93.0 Free Throw % 87.0
+ 2 Clevon Brown made layup 14.0
  Offensive rebound by Clevon Brown 14.0
  Joe Toye missed 3-pt. jump shot 16.0
+ 1 Vitaliy Shibel made 2nd of 2 free throws 22.0
  Vitaliy Shibel missed 1st of 2 free throws 22.0
  Personal foul on Joe Toye 22.0
  Defensive rebound by Vitaliy Shibel 24.0
  Clevon Brown missed 2nd of 2 free throws 24.0
+ 1 Clevon Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 24.0
  Personal foul on Vitaliy Shibel 24.0
  Maxwell Evans missed 3-pt. jump shot 26.0
Team Stats
Points 64 76
Field Goals 23-68 (33.8%) 25-57 (43.9%)
3-Pointers 4-31 (12.9%) 5-23 (21.7%)
Free Throws 14-19 (73.7%) 21-28 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 37 47
Offensive 10 14
Defensive 19 28
Team 8 5
Assists 10 7
Steals 7 4
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 11 17
Fouls 23 20
Technicals 1 1
24 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
25 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Vanderbilt 3-7 293564
home team logo 5 Arizona State 10-0 304676
Team Stats
away team logo Vanderbilt 3-7 68.1 PPG 38.8 RPG 11.6 APG
home team logo 5 Arizona State 10-0 77.6 PPG 43.4 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
0
S. Lee G 12.7 PPG 3.3 RPG 3.8 APG 46.0 FG%
00
T. Holder G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
S. Lee G 24 PTS 5 REB 6 AST
T. Holder G 25 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
33.8 FG% 43.9
12.9 3PT FG% 21.7
73.7 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Lee 24 5 6 9/14 1/4 5/9 3 38 4 0 2 2 3
J. Toye 14 2 1 6/18 2/11 0/0 3 33 0 1 3 2 0
J. Roberson 7 7 0 1/7 0/2 5/5 4 32 0 0 2 2 5
R. LaChance 3 3 0 1/8 1/4 0/0 3 27 0 0 0 0 3
M. Fisher-Davis 2 8 3 1/10 0/8 0/0 3 33 3 1 2 2 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Lee 24 5 6 9/14 1/4 5/9 3 38 4 0 2 2 3
J. Toye 14 2 1 6/18 2/11 0/0 3 33 0 1 3 2 0
J. Roberson 7 7 0 1/7 0/2 5/5 4 32 0 0 2 2 5
R. LaChance 3 3 0 1/8 1/4 0/0 3 27 0 0 0 0 3
M. Fisher-Davis 2 8 3 1/10 0/8 0/0 3 33 3 1 2 2 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Austin Jr. 6 1 0 2/3 0/0 2/2 2 13 0 0 0 1 0
C. Brown 5 2 0 2/4 0/0 1/2 2 9 0 0 1 1 1
P. Willis 3 0 0 1/2 0/0 1/1 2 11 0 0 1 0 0
M. Evans 0 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1
D. Baptiste - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Obinna - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rice - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Wetzell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 64 29 10 23/68 4/31 14/19 23 200 7 2 11 10 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Holder 25 5 2 6/15 2/6 11/11 1 37 2 0 4 1 4
S. Evans II 15 5 2 4/12 2/9 5/6 2 34 0 0 0 0 5
R. White 12 9 1 6/8 0/0 0/2 5 18 0 2 5 8 1
K. Justice 7 4 0 2/7 1/5 2/2 1 34 0 0 1 0 4
V. Shibel 3 3 0 1/3 0/2 1/2 3 19 0 1 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Holder 25 5 2 6/15 2/6 11/11 1 37 2 0 4 1 4
S. Evans II 15 5 2 4/12 2/9 5/6 2 34 0 0 0 0 5
R. White 12 9 1 6/8 0/0 0/2 5 18 0 2 5 8 1
K. Justice 7 4 0 2/7 1/5 2/2 1 34 0 0 1 0 4
V. Shibel 3 3 0 1/3 0/2 1/2 3 19 0 1 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Mitchell 8 13 2 3/4 0/0 2/5 4 23 2 0 1 4 9
R. Martin 6 3 0 3/8 0/1 0/0 3 26 0 1 3 1 2
A. Witherill 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
G. Fogerty 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Lake 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 1 2 0 0
J. Salzman 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Lawrence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Takhar - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 42 7 25/57 5/23 21/28 20 200 4 5 17 14 28