TEMPE, Ariz. — Jordan Bachynski has worked hard on his offensive game, rebounding, his aggressiveness.
He’s always good at blocking shots, a big reason the Arizona State big man now has swatted away more than any other player in school history.
Bachynski had 10 points, 10 rebounds and blocked six shots to become the school’s all-time leader, helping the Sun Devils roll to an 88-60 win over Idaho State Friday night.
The 7-foot-2 senior has 194 blocked shots, breaking the school record of 191 set by Mario Bennett from 1991-95 while moving into sixth on Pac-12’s all-time list behind the 196 USC’s Sam Clancy had from 1998-02.
“I’m really fortunate on a team where I can do that,” Bachynski said. “Coaches have really encouraged me to develop that and to play hard and I’m helping my team any way I can.”
Arizona State (3-0) got off to a sluggish start before swarming Idaho State defensively to pull away late in the first half.
Bachynski anchored the defense, swatting three shots in the first half to help the Sun Devils start the rout.
Jahii Carson scored 19 points despite tweaking his ankle in the first half and Jermaine Marshall added 17. Arizona State just missed eclipsing 90 points for the third straight game, but shot 49 percent and made 12 3-pointers and after hitting 16 in its previous game.
“We stayed with what we were doing and kept grinding early when shots weren’t falling,” Arizona State coach Herb Sendek said.
Idaho State (1-1) held its own early despite being massive underdogs, but faded under Arizona State’s defensive pressure and barrage of perimeter shots.
Evann Hall had 19 points to lead the Bengals, who shot 37 percent and went 2 of 9 on 3-pointers.
“It’ll help down the road; we played against a really good team,” Idaho State coach Bill Evans said. “My guys played with a lot of integrity, they played hard and we’ll get better from playing against better teams.”
Idaho State opened the season with a 99-62 rout over Evergreen.
The Bengals were in for a much tougher ride against Arizona State.
Not only are the Sun Devils much bigger and more athletic, Idaho State has won four road games the past two seasons and lost 20 straight games against Pac-12 opponents.
The Bengals didn’t act like they were overmatched in the early going, making five of their first six shots while playing to a 15-all tie in the first eight minutes.
Then Arizona State started swatting shots and hitting 3s to run away with it.
The 3-pointers came in succession: Chance Murray from the corner, Richie Edwards from the other, Marshall from the wing to put the Sun Devils up 24-15.
Bachynski had three blocks to tie the school career record and altered a few other shots, and Marshall added a couple more, including one on a drive in the lane that sailed into the stands.
Shaquielle McKissic closed the half with a difficult layup while getting fouled and threw down a tomahawk dunk just before the buzzer to put the Sun Devils up 41-25.
Idaho State made 3 of its final 19 shots in the first half and missed all six of its 3-pointers.
It didn’t get any better for the Bengals in the second half.
Bachynski got the blocked-shot record out of the way early, emphatically swatting Jeffrey Solarin’s shot in the lane. Marshall followed with a pair of 3-pointers and Jonathan Gilling added another, putting Arizona State up 52-31.
“The key to what they did was they made a lot of shots, they made a lot of perimeter jump shots,” Evans said. “I don’t think we did a great job of contesting them — we need to do a better job than we did — but we made almost half their shots from outside the arc and sometimes you can’t do that when nobody’s guarding you.”