NCAAB: Arizona State beats No. 20 Michigan to win Legends Classic
Desmond Cambridge Jr. scored 20 points, DJ Horne added 19, and Arizona State never trailed in beating No. 20 Michigan 87-62 Thursday in the Legends Classic championship game in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The victory is the largest in the Sun Devils’ history over a ranked opponent.
The previous record was a 22-point victory (77-55) over No. 17 Xavier at Tempe, Ariz., on Dec. 15, 2007.
Austin Nunez had 15 points and Luther Muhammad scored 13, both off the bench.
Former Michigan guard Frankie Collins produced a game-high five assists.
The Sun Devils (4-1) built on to their lead after taking a 15-5 lead five minutes into the game by shooting 60.4 percent from the field for the game.
They made 11 of 19 from 3-point range led by Cambridge’s 4-of-8 mark.
Michigan (3-1) was led by Hunter Dickinson’s 14 points while Jett Howard added 12.
The Wolverines made 33.9 percent of their shots from the field, including 4 of 22 (18.2 percent) from beyond the arc.
Michigan coach Juwan Howard and Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley faced each other on opposites of the court for the first since they were players in the 1992 NCAA championship game when Hurley and Duke defeated Howard and the Wolverines 71-51.
Arizona State, which outlasted VCU 63-59 on Wednesday, has won consecutive games since its overtime loss at Texas Southern on Sunday.
Hurley’s team played without starting forward Marcus Bagley, who remained in Tempe with injuries sustained last week against Northern Arizona.
The Sun Devils took a 34-13 lead with 6:55 remaining in the first half after going on a 14-3 run sparked by Nunez’s eight points — including two 3-pointers.
The Sun Devils led 46-28 at halftime behind 11 points from Nunez and 10 apiece from Horne and Cambridge.
The Wolverines did not get closer than 15 points in the second half.
A 13-2 run that gave Arizona State a 71-43 lead, put the game away. Horne had seven points in that stretch.
–Field Level Media