Sun Devils advance to HOF Tip-Off championship game vs. No. 7 Virginia
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Remy Martin scored 19 points to lead Arizona State in a second-half comeback to beat St. John’s 80-67 Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off.
The Sun Devils (3-1), who trailed 40-31 at the half, stormed back with a 20-6 run early in the second, with Martin scoring 13 straight points to ignite it.
Romello White added 15 points, while Rob Edwards had 13 and Jaelen House 11. The Sun Devils shot 60 percent (18-for-30) in the second half and 28-for-61 for the game.
L.J. Figueroa led the Red Storm (4-2) with 17 points and Julian Champagnie added 15. St. John’s shot just 31% (9-for-29) in the second half and committed 12 of 16 turnovers after halftime.
Trailing 42-33 with 16:18 to play, Martin scored 13 straight points to fuel the Sun Devils’ 20-6 run in just under four minutes that resulted in a 53-48 lead.
A first half of extreme runs ended with St. John’s leading 40-31. Figueroa led with 13 points for the Red Storm, which opened the game with a 15-2 run in just over five minutes.
Arizona State recovered from a 0-for-6 start from the field by making 6 of 8, tying it, 16-16, on House’s 3-pointer at 10:22.
However, the Sun Devils shot just 32.1% in the first half, making 4 of 17 in the final 10 minutes. Romello White had a team-high eight points at the break.
St. John’s was 15 of 36 on field goals and finished the half on a 13-4 run.
The Sun Devils have just started a four-game road trip, with stops at Princeton and South Florida after the tournament.
Arizona State advances to play No. 7 Virginia in the championship game on Sunday.
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