St. John's clobbers Drake in semifinal

59-58: Sun Devil hits the winning layup late in shootout semifinal.

November 26, 2010 

With 8.4 seconds remaining in the game, Trent Lockett hit a driving layup on the left side of the rim to score the winning basket for Arizona State on Friday, punching a ticket for the Sun Devils to play St. John's in the Great Alaska Shootout championship game tonight at Sullivan Arena.

The Sun Devils beat Weber State 59-58 in a see-saw semifinal battle that featured 11 ties and no lead bigger than six points.

For Lockett, it was a fitting end to a game in which he rarely missed a shot and finished with a career-high 24 points. He finished 9 for 12 from the field and 2 for 2 from beyond the 3-point line in 36 minutes.

"My teammates did a good job getting me the ball," said Lockett.

Weber State head coach Randy Rahe said Lockett was extremely tough to defend because he can do so many different things. He said he knew the Sun Devils would run an isolation play with Lockett for the last play, but the Wildcats still couldn't stop it.

Lockett was fouled on the winning shot but missed the free throw that followed, leaving the lead at one point. The Wildcats (2-3), of the Big Sky Conference, snared the rebound and got the ball in the hands of junior guard Damian Lillard, who missed on a deep 3-point attempt just shy of the final buzzer.

Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek said he was thrilled with the win but thought the game could have easily gone either way.

"In a game like that, you hate to see any team get debited a loss," said Sendek. "The difference in the game was nothing."

Sendek said he had no doubts about getting the ball to Lockett for the last shot, even though Lockett had been part of a tremendous collision at the rim a few minutes before.

With just under four minutes left, Lockett received the ball on a fast break and drove toward the hoop for a dunk on the left baseline when Weber State senior Trevor Morris attempted a block. The two men met in mid-air and came crashing to the floor, and the crowd gave out a collective gasp. The two players writhed on the ground for a minute or two, but both were OK.

The physical, aggressive play was indicitive of the competitive energy on display all night. Every time Arizona State (3-1), of the Pac-10 Conference, would try to pull away, the Wildcats found a way to even the score.

Early in the second half, Weber State took a rare lead, 37-35, but Lockett quickly erased it by hitting a short jump shot.

The game was tied 40-40 when Arizona State senior Rihards Kuksiks caught fire, hitting three 3-pointers in the span of a couple of minutes to lift the Sun Devils to a 51-46 lead. It was the second game in a row Kuksiks heated up in the second half after missing all his shots in the first half.

Kuksiks fouled Lillard with 17.5 seconds left, allowing him to sink two free throws and give the Wildcats the one-point lead that set up Lockett's heroics.

Rahe said playing in such a close, intense game this early in the season gives his team something to build on, even though the loss hurts.

"It's why we came here," he said.


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ARIZONA STATE (59) -- Cain 1-4 0-0 2, Kuksiks 4-8 0-0 11, Abbott 1-7 0-0 2, McMillan 6-8 0-0 16, Lockett 9-12 4-6 24, Felix 0-1 0-0 0, Bachynski 1-1 0-0 2, Creekmur 0-0 0-0 0, King 0-1 0-0 0, Pateev 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-45 6-8 59.

WEBER STATE (58) -- Bullinger 2-3 0-0 6, Mahoney 0-1 0-2 0, Morris 3-5 2-2 8, Lillard 2-17 8-8 12, Hughey 5-11 1-1 13, Bamforth 4-8 4-5 15, Richardson 0-2 0-0 0, Fulton 1-3 0-0 2, Tresnak 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 18-53 15-18 58.

Three-point goals -- ASU 9-20 (Kuksiks 3-7, Abbott 0-3, McMillan 4-6, Lockett 2-2, Felix 0-1, King 0-1), WSU 7-22 (Bullinger 2-3, Lillard 0-8, Hughey 1-1, Bamforth 4-5). Total fouls -- ASU 19, WSU 13. Fouled out -- none. Rebounds -- ASU 28 (Cain 5, King 5), WSU 30 (Mahoney 6). Turnovers -- ASU 13 (Kuksiks 3), WSU 12 (Lillard 5). Assists -- ASU 16 (Abbott 4, McMillan 4), WSU 10 (Lillard 5). Steals -- ASU 6 (McMillan 4), WSU 4 (Lillard 2). Blocks -- ASU 3 (Abbott 2), WSU 0. Officials -- Lehigh, Casas, Corson.

Arizona State 27 32 -- 59

Weber State 27 31 -- 58

St. John's 82, Drake 39 In a game that was decided well before halftime, St. John's dictated the action in all phases, stomping Drake 82-39 in a Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout semifinal game at the Sullivan Arena on Friday.

St. John's defense was so stifling, it held Drake without a point in the final ten minutes of the first half, part of what head coach Steve Lavin said was a run of 16 stops in a row that helped the Red Storm set a new Shootout record for the lowest point total allowed. They broke the old record of 44 points, set by Illinois in 1984. Lavin said the key to their defense was shutting down Drake's 6-foot-11 center Seth VanDeest, Drake's leading scorer from its quarterfinal game against Southern Utah.

"Our big focus was containing him," he said.

The Red Storm used a zone defense that kept two defenders in contact with VanDeest at all times, holding him without a point until the midway point of the first half and holding him to five points for the game.

"I think it really disupted them," said Lavin. "They seemed unnerved."

Lavin said he sets a goal for his team of three to five stops in a row, because it helps to set up big runs of points for the offense, so to get 16 straight stops meant the defense was clicking.

The Red Storm (3-1), of the Big East Conference, were led by senior Justin Brownlee's 13 points, and senior Justin Burrell led the team with eight rebounds. Freshman Dwayne Polee showed great athleticism on some highlight plays, including a big dunk toward the end of the first half that put St. John's ahead 40-17.

With nobody totaling any gawdy stats, the entire St. John's team were an impressive unit that overwhelmed Drake at nearly every turn.

Drake head coach Mark Phelps said it is yet to be determined what positives his team can take from such a big loss, but the Red Storm's strong play was what he expected.

"They were what we thought they would be," he said. "They were mature, strong and athletic."

Lavin said, when the game ended, he wished Phelps good luck with the rest of the tournament, having been on the losing end of blowouts, himself.

"Sometimes a loss like this can be a springboard to better basketball," said Lavin.

DRAKE (39) -- Hawley 3-8 3-5 10, VanDeest 2-3 1-2 5, Wedel 2-6 0-0 6, Wiseler 0-2 0-0 0, Rice 3-12 3-4 10, Alexander 1-3 0-2 2, Jeffers 1-8 1-2 3, Jeffers 1-8 1-2 3, Parker 0-0 0-0 0, Woods 0-1 0-0 2, Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Simons 1-4 0-0 3, Uhlenhopp 0-1 0-0 0. Totals -- 13-49 8-15 39.

ST. JOHN'S (82) -- Polee 3-3 2-3 8, Kennedy 3-7 0-0 6, Brownlee 5-6 3-3 13, Boothe 3-5 0-0 8, Hardy 4-7 2-2 11, Evans 3-7 4-6 10, Roberts 1-4 0-0 2 Coker 1-1 0-0 2, Horne 3-3 1-1 8, Burrell 3-6 2-4 8, Stith 1-3 3-5 5, Edison 0-0 1-2 1, Clark 0-0 0-0 0. Totals -- 30-52 18-26 82. Three-point goals -- Drake 5-23 (Hawley 1-4, Wedel 2-6, Rice 1-5, Alexander 0-1, Jeffers 0-4, Simons 1-2, Uhlenhopp 0-1), St. John's 4-12 (Kennedy 0-2, Brownlee 0-1, Boothe 2-3, Hardy 1-3, Roberts 0-1, Horne 1-1, Stith 0-1). Total fouls -- Drake 23, St. John's 15. Fouled out -- Wedel. Rebounds -- Drake 24 (Hawley 5), St. John's 38 (Kennedy 8, Burrell 8). Turnovers -- Drake 19 (Woods 4), St. John's 12 (Kennedy 4). Assists -- Drake 7, St. John's 18 (Boothe 6). Steals -- Drake 4, St. John's 9. Blocks -- Drake 1, St. John's 4. Officials -- Cota, Chelette, Lujan.

Drake 17 22 -- 39

St. John's 45 37 -- 82

Consolation

Ball State 73, Southern Utah 54

Jarrod Jones connected on 9 of 11 shots for 19 points, lifting Ball State past Southern Utah 73-54 in a consolation round game Friday at the Shootout.

The Cardinals (3-2) boasted three others in double figures while shooting 57.1 percent from the field. Jauwan Scaife poured in 14, Jesse Berry added 12 and Randy Davis had 11 to advance Ball State to a 2 p.m. game today against UAA.

Southern Utah (1-4) owned a 29-23 rebounding edge and gave up four offensive rebounds, but 19 turnovers -- 11 coming on Ball State steals -- hurt the Thunderbirds. Davis, a 5-11 senior, had three steals to go with 11 assists.

SOUTHERN UTAH (54) -- Taylor 1-4 0-0 2, Massey 4-7 6-9 14, Hodgson 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 5-11 6-8 16, Weirick 3-5 0-0 7, Cameron 0-0 0-0 0, Heuir 0-1 0-0 0, Brimley 1-4 0-0 2, Nielson 0-1 0-0 0, Davis 3-4 1-1 7, Koehler 2-4 2-5 6. Totals 19-44 15-23 54.

BALL STATE (73) -- Perry 1-5 2-3 4, Jones 9-11 1-2 19, Davis 4-5 1-2 11, Scaife 5-10 2-2 14, Berry 4-6 2-2 12, Kamieniecki 1-2 0-0 2, Copeland 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Bond 1-4 1-2 3, Green 0-0 0-0 0, Hubbard 1-3 0-0 2, Sneed 1-1 2-4 4, Fields 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 28-49 11-17 73.

Three-point goals -- SU 1-13 (Taylor 0-2, Massey 0-1, Jones 0-2, Weirick 1-2, Heuir 0-1, Brimley 0-2, Nielson 0-1, Davis 0-1, Koehler 0-1), BSU 6-13 (Davis 2-3, Scaife 2-6, Berry 2-4). Total fouls -- SU 12, BSU 21. Fouled out -- none. Rebounds -- SU 29 (Massey 4, Koehler 4), BSU 23 (Kamieniecki 5). Turnovers -- SU 19 (Massey 4), BSU 11 (Davis 3). Assists -- SU 14 (Jones 4), BSU 20 (Davis 11). Steals -- SU 4, BSU 11 (Davis 3). Blocks -- SU 3, BSU 1. Officials -- Cota, Leitch, Holland.

Southern Utah 22 32 -- 54

Ball State 38 35 -- 73

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