Four players scored in double figures to lead Arizona State to an 80-58 win over College of Charleston in the consolation semifinals of The Wooden Legacy on Friday night at Titan Gym.
The Cougars (2-5) got off to a good start in the first half as both teams traded baskets. They led by as many as four with two free throw makes by junior big man Adjehi Baru (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) at the 11:06 minute mark, 16-12.
Junior Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) scored 12 points and Baru had 11 points and nine rebounds for CofC, before the team fell behind at intermission, 36-30.
In the second half of play, Charleston pulled within one, 36-35, but gave up a 12-0 run to the Sun Devils (7-1) and never threatened thereafter.
Arizona State's Jahii Carson registered 21 points and seven assists, while Jonathan Gilling added 15 points on five made three-pointers. Jordan Bachynski added 16 points and Egor Koulechov 12.
The Sun Devils shot 53.7 percent from the floor (29-of-54), while the Cougars made only 35.6 percent overall and went 3-of-13 beyond the arc. However, CofC outrebounded ASU, 41-24.
Arizona State took the lead for good with 3:31 to go in the first half on a Carson layup that triggered a 10-4 run into halftime.
CofC will meet host Cal State Fullerton (2-5) in the seventh-place game on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m. (ET) / 1:30 p.m. (PT) at The Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.
· For the seventh-straight game, the Cougars used the starting lineup of freshman Joe Chealey, junior Anthony Stitt, redshirt freshman Canyon Barry, senior Willis Hall and junior Adjehi Baru (2-5).
· It was the second-ever meeting between College of Charleston and Arizona State and first since 1996 when the Cougars defeated the Sun Devils (77-68) in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska. The all-time series is now tied 1-1.
· CofC outrebounded Arizona State, 41-24, its largest rebound margin (+17) against an opponent this season and its third game to outrebound the opposition.
· Anthony Stitt scored in double figures for just the second time this season with a team-high 12 points against Arizona State.
· Adjehi Baru was just short of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds, before fouling out.
· Redshirt sophomore David Wishon came off the bench and contributed a career-and season-high eight points going 3-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line against fellow 7-foot-2 big man Jordan Bachynski of Arizona State.
College of Charleston Head Coach Doug Wojcik
On the game …
"I thought it was a well-played game. Give them (Arizona State) a lot of credit. (Jahii) Carson is a high-level point guard. They have a highly-skilled four man (Jonathan Gilling) who can shoot the three. He did shoot the three, an in my opinion, that's where we lost the game. I had a live bench tonight. We really rebounded the ball well and were pretty active on the floor. I appreciate my kids' effort tonight against Arizona State."
On Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson …
"Carson is a high-level point guard – a really good player. He kind of controlled the game. I thought we did a pretty good job on him (defensively)."
College of Charleston Junior Guard Anthony Stitt
On the game …
"I thought we started off the first half with a lot of energy and intensity. We struggled with their ball-screen defense. They had a really good point guard (Jahii Carson) and their four-man (Jonathan Gilling) really stretched us out, especially when he kicked back and hit a lot of threes. We had to really adjust to that. In th second half, we tried to make a run, but they were too much for us."
On moving forward to the final tournament day …
"We came out with a lot of energy despite the loss against San Diego State in our first game. We have to build on our team effort and keep playing with a lot of energy. Hopefully, we will make more shots and they will fall. You have to keep faith and keep believing in what the coaches are telling us. Ultimately, the big picture for us is March – playing well in our conference and putting ourselves in a position for postseason play."