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Arizona State beats St. John's 74-65 in First Four

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) A freshman guard overcame a frightful fall and helped Bobby Hurley - a two-time champion guard at Duke - get his first NCAA Tournament win as a coach.

Luguentz Dort shook off knee and hip injuries from a hard fall, scored 21 points and led the Sun Devils to a long-awaited NCAA Tournament victory Wednesday night, 74-65 over St. John's in the First Four.

The 11th-seeded Sun Devils (23-10) will play Mid-American Conference champion Buffalo on Friday in the West Region, coming off their first NCAA tourney win in 10 years.

''It was just great,'' Dort said. ''At the beginning of this year we knew that we wanted to do something special.''

Hurley's first NCAA Tournament win as a coach was a family affair. Brother Dan, the head coach at UConn, was on hand for support.

''We're so close, and we talk so much,'' Hurley said. ''And I'm sure he's very familiar with our team and our players. Just getting a chance to spend time with him this afternoon a little bit - it means everything that he took the time out.''

Arizona State also provided a Pac-12 breakthrough: the conference's first NCAA Tournament win in two years.

The Pac-12 was 0-3 in the tournament last season, with two teams - Arizona State and UCLA - falling in the First Four. Arizona then got knocked out in the round of 64.

The Pac-12 got three teams in again this year, with Oregon and Washington joining the Sun Devils.

St. John's (21-13) was the last team picked for the tournament, sneaking in despite a late-season fade. The Red Storm wound up one of the first ones out as well.

Shamorie Ponds scored 25 points for St. John's, which hasn't won an NCAA Tournament game since 2000. The Red Storm never led on Wednesday.

''It was probably one of our worst games of the season overall,'' coach Chris Mullin said.

Arizona State's physical defense brought the Red Storm to a halt. St. John's missed 17 of its first 23 shots as the Sun Devils built an 18-point lead . A technical foul on Hurley as he argued over a blocking foul with 25 seconds left in the half helped St. John's trim the deficit to 38-25.

Ponds had a steal and dunk as St. John's cut the lead to 40-33 early in the second half while Dort was on the bench getting his lower right leg treated. The freshman guard landed hard after extending for a rebound and getting fouled. Mustapha Heron was called for a flagrant foul.

Dort returned and hit a pair of free throws and a layup that blunted the Red Storm's comeback . His fast-break layup rebuilt the lead to 16 points.

Ponds hit a 3-pointer as St. John's made a final surge, cutting it to 62-55 with 3:58 left. Dort made a pair of free throws that helped finish it off.

BIG PICTURE

St. John's: The Red Storm opened the season with 12 wins, their best start since the 1982-83 season, but faded at the end, losing five of their last six.

''I don't have an answer to it,'' Ponds said. ''I can't really hit it on the head.''

Arizona State: Hurley won national titles with Duke in 1991-92 and has shown his team video of the Final Four when he thought it could use a boost. In his fourth season at Arizona State, he has led the Sun Devils to their first back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances since 1980-81.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

St. John's is 27-32 all-time in the tournament. The Red Storm's last win in the tournament came in 2000, when they beat Northern Arizona and lost to Gonzaga. The Red Storm last won two games in a tournament in 1999, when they reached the Elite Eight before losing to Ohio State.

Arizona State is 12-16 in the tournament. The Sun Devils hadn't won since 2009, when they beat Temple before losing to Syracuse. They haven't won two games in the tournament since 1995, when they lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16.

HAPPY RETURN

Arizona State point guard Remy Martin hurt his groin during a loss to Oregon in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament. He played 23 minutes, scored six points and had three assists with six of the Sun Devils' 21 turnovers.

UGLY

The teams combined for 21 field goals and 21 turnovers in the second half.

FREE FALLING

Arizona State was 25 of 33 on free throws. St. John's went 13 of 23.

UP NEXT

Arizona State heads to Tulsa, where it will face Buffalo.

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Key Players
S. Ponds
2 G
Z. Cheatham
45 F
32.5 Min. Per Game 32.5
11.8 Pts. Per Game 11.8
3.3 Ast. Per Game 3.3
10.4 Reb. Per Game 10.4
45.3 Field Goal % 52.7
35.3 Three Point % 44.0
83.6 Free Throw % 60.6
  Bad pass turnover on Luguentz Dort, stolen by LJ Figueroa 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Luguentz Dort 10.0
  Bryan Trimble Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 12.0
+ 1 Zylan Cheatham made 2nd of 2 free throws 22.0
+ 1 Zylan Cheatham made 1st of 2 free throws 22.0
  Personal foul on Shamorie Ponds 22.0
+ 1 Shamorie Ponds made 3rd of 3 free throws 24.0
+ 1 Shamorie Ponds made 2nd of 3 free throws 24.0
+ 1 Shamorie Ponds made 1st of 3 free throws 24.0
  Shooting foul on Luguentz Dort 24.0
+ 1 Rob Edwards made 2nd of 2 free throws 27.0
Team Stats
Points 65 74
Field Goals 22-69 (31.9%) 22-49 (44.9%)
3-Pointers 8-31 (25.8%) 5-12 (41.7%)
Free Throws 13-23 (56.5%) 25-33 (75.8%)
Total Rebounds 43 42
Offensive 12 5
Defensive 23 34
Team 8 3
Assists 9 12
Steals 11 5
Blocks 1 2
Turnovers 16 20
Fouls 23 19
Technicals 0 1
25 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST
21 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo 11 St. John's 21-13 254065
home team logo 11 Arizona State 23-10 383674
Team Stats
away team logo 11 St. John's 21-13 77.1 PPG 35.2 RPG 13.9 APG
home team logo 11 Arizona State 23-10 77.6 PPG 43.4 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
2
S. Ponds G 19.7 PPG 4.1 RPG 5.1 APG 45.3 FG%
0
L. Dort G 16.1 PPG 4.3 RPG 2.3 APG 40.5 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Ponds G 25 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
L. Dort G 21 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
31.9 FG% 44.9
25.8 3PT FG% 41.7
56.5 FT% 75.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Ponds 25 2 4 8/20 4/12 5/7 2 39 3 0 1 1 1
L. Figueroa 19 10 0 8/16 3/5 0/0 3 36 2 0 2 2 8
J. Simon 10 7 3 3/9 0/0 4/9 3 36 3 1 3 6 1
M. Heron 6 2 1 1/12 0/5 4/7 5 32 2 0 4 1 1
M. Clark II 0 6 0 0/5 0/4 0/0 5 29 1 0 3 0 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Ponds 25 2 4 8/20 4/12 5/7 2 39 3 0 1 1 1
L. Figueroa 19 10 0 8/16 3/5 0/0 3 36 2 0 2 2 8
J. Simon 10 7 3 3/9 0/0 4/9 3 36 3 1 3 6 1
M. Heron 6 2 1 1/12 0/5 4/7 5 32 2 0 4 1 1
M. Clark II 0 6 0 0/5 0/4 0/0 5 29 1 0 3 0 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Trimble Jr. 3 0 1 1/5 1/5 0/0 2 10 0 0 2 0 0
S. Keita 2 8 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 18 0 0 1 2 6
J. Camus - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Wright - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cole - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Lawrence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Caraher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Williams Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Roberts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Earlington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 65 35 9 22/69 8/31 13/23 23 200 11 1 16 12 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Dort 21 4 2 6/11 1/4 8/9 2 34 2 0 4 1 3
Z. Cheatham 14 10 1 3/11 1/2 7/10 3 27 2 1 3 0 10
R. Edwards 9 8 2 1/6 1/3 6/6 1 32 1 0 3 0 8
R. White 7 4 1 3/7 0/0 1/4 3 31 0 1 2 2 2
R. Martin 6 4 3 3/7 0/0 0/0 3 23 0 0 6 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Dort 21 4 2 6/11 1/4 8/9 2 34 2 0 4 1 3
Z. Cheatham 14 10 1 3/11 1/2 7/10 3 27 2 1 3 0 10
R. Edwards 9 8 2 1/6 1/3 6/6 1 32 1 0 3 0 8
R. White 7 4 1 3/7 0/0 1/4 3 31 0 1 2 2 2
R. Martin 6 4 3 3/7 0/0 0/0 3 23 0 0 6 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Lake 6 2 0 2/2 0/0 2/2 3 8 0 0 1 1 1
K. Lawrence 6 2 3 2/3 1/2 1/2 2 28 0 0 1 0 2
T. Cherry 5 4 0 2/2 1/1 0/0 1 17 0 0 0 0 4
V. Shibel - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mitchell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Fogerty - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Salzman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Roggin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feit - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Valtonen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Plavsic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 39 12 22/49 5/12 25/33 19 200 5 2 20 5 34