Arizona State 81

(12-2, 1-1 Pac-12)

Stanford 69

(6-7, 0-3 Pac-12)

    10:00 PM ET, January 6, 2005

    Maples Pavilion, Stanford, California

    1 2 T
    ASU 39 4281
    STAN 31 3869

    Top Performers

    Arizona St: I. Diogu 28 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Blk

    Stanford: D. Grunfeld 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Arizona State 81, Stanford 69

    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 look."

    Childress, an All-American last year, left Stanford after his junior year for the NBA.

    Dan Grunfeld scored 24 points and Matt Haryasz added 12 to lead the short-handed Cardinal.

    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 foot.

    "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."

    Tim Morris was declared academically ineligible on Tuesday, and forward Evan Moore left the team the same day to focus on football. The Cardinal had eight scholarship players available for the game.

    "When you lose your two most explosive players it will hurt," Johnson said. "But more than anything we played with a lot of effort."

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 81 69
    FG Made-Attempted 29-55 (.527) 27-69 (.391)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-14 (.357) 2-9 (.222)
    FT Made-Attempted 18-27 (.667) 13-17 (.765)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 19 4

    2004-05 Season

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