STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Arizona State coach Rob Evans needed Ike
Diogu's best effort to finally beat Stanford.
Diogu had 28 points and 15 rebounds to lead Arizona State to a
81-69 victory Thursday night over Stanford, which is off to its
worst start in conference play in 20 years.
The Cardinal (6-7, 0-3 Pac-10), who are struggling under
first-year coach Trent Johnson, also had their 18-game home winning
streak and 13-game string over Arizona State snapped.
"This was the only team I hadn't beat, so from that standpoint
it's nice," said Evans, in his sixth year with the Sun Devils.
"We responded well at the end."
Steve Moore added 19 points for the Sun Devils (12-2, 1-1
Pac-10). Diogu, the nation's sixth-leading scorer, recorded his
eighth double-double in the past 11 games. He has reached double
figures in scoring in all 73 games he's played.
"They played hard underneath but they've lost some athleticism
in Josh Childress," Diogu said. "Stanford is not as bad as they
Childress, an All-American last year, left Stanford after his
junior year for the NBA.
Stanford's already depleted bench got even thinner when junior
point guard Chris Hernandez was unable to play because of back
spasms sustained during shootaround. Hernandez has had back
problems the past two years, and sat out a season with a broken
"Hernandez, that guy can do anything," Arizona State guard
Jason Braxton said. "Without him, they didn't have a guy who could
drive or shoot as well. I think we just wore them down. I could see
they were getting tired. It feels good to finally beat them."
"When you lose your two most explosive players it will hurt,"
Johnson said. "But more than anything we played with a lot of
The Sun Devils outscored Stanford 10-3 in the first four minutes
of the second half to extend their lead to 49-34.
Arizona State, with Diogu helping control the boards, eventually
led by as many as 19.
Stanford closed to 68-57 on Nick Robinson's baseline jumper with
5:42 left but Diogu converted a three-point play 15 seconds later
and the Cardinal never got any closer.
"We wanted to try and limit Ike but we didn't do a great job of
that," Robinson said. "Ike is a great player. He works very hard
and gets to the foul line."
Diogu, who made his first six shots, sat out the final nine
minutes of the first half after picking up his second foul. The Sun
Devils extended their lead while he was on the bench. Allen Morill
scored six points in place of Diogu to help Arizona State take a
39-31 halftime lead.