Arizona State beats Texas Southern 83-71 behind Cheatham
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Zylan Cheatham had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the second triple-double in school history, lifting Arizona State to an 83-71 win over Texas Southern Saturday night.
Cheatham came up an assist short of joining Jordan Bachynski as the only Arizona State players with a triple double in Wednesday’s win over Omaha. The San Diego State transfer finished it off against Texas Southern (3-5), passing up a shot, driving and kicking to Luguentz Dort for a 3-pointer with 2½ minutes left.
Arizona State (7-0) played its second straight game without Remy Martin, Rob Edwards and Mickey Mitchell. The Sun Devils made up for the trio’s absence by dominating inside to win their 20th straight nonconference game.
Arizona State got Texas Southern big man Trayvon Reed in almost instant foul trouble and took advantage, scoring 18 more points in the paint than the Tigers while grabbing 14 more rebounds.
Romello White had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Sun Devils, who are 7-0 for the second time in 38 years — both in the last two seasons.
Devocio Butler led Texas Southern with 18 points.
The Tigers have played a difficult nonconference schedule, facing Baylor, No. 1 Gonzaga, Iowa State, San Diego State and Oregon — all on the road.
Texas Southern opened the season with a victory over Baylor and last week handed Oregon just its fourth nonconference home loss since Matthew Knight Arena opened in 2011.
The 7-foot-2 Reed had his way with the Ducks, scoring 23 points while making all nine of his shots on dunks.
He didn’t get much of a chance to inflict any damage on the Wells Fargo Arena rims, picking up two fouls in the opening 93 seconds.
White, who caused the two fouls, benefited the most with the big man out, scoring 10 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the opening seven minutes as Arizona State built a 10-point lead.
Texas Southern got back in it on the defensive end, holding Arizona State without a field goal for more than six minutes to pull within 23-22.
Arizona State had a scare late in the first half, when freshman forward Taeshon Cherry had to be helped to the locker room after banging his right knee on the floor and writhing in pain. He returned for the second half and immediately hit a 3-pointer to put the Sun Devils up 43-32.
Cherry finished with 14 points and Arizona State didn’t let the Tigers get any closer than six points before pulling away in the second half.
Texas Southern figured to have a hard time inside against the long, athletic Sun Devils and Reed’s foul trouble put the Tigers in an even more difficult spot.
Arizona State may have a depleted roster, but depth and a big night from Cheatham carried the Sun Devils to another nonconference victory.
Texas Southern plays at Georgia on Monday.
Arizona State faces No. 5 Nevada Friday in Los Angeles.