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Kimani Lawrence becomes ASU’s all-time leader in games played

Feb 27, 2022, 9:20 AM

Kimani Lawrence #4 of the Arizona State Sun Devils shoots the ball against Gabe Madsen #55 and Bran...

Kimani Lawrence #4 of the Arizona State Sun Devils shoots the ball against Gabe Madsen #55 and Branden Carlson #35 of the Utah Utes during the first half of their game at the Jon M Huntsman Center on February 26, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Arizona State graduate student Kimani Lawrence played his 133rd career game for the Sun Devils in Saturday night’s win over Utah. He passed Jonathan Gilling to become the program’s all-time leader in games played.

The forward returned for a fifth season, using his extra year of eligibility the NCAA provided due to the pandemic.

The Sun Devils had a largely new team entering the 2021-22 campaign, and Lawrence was the final bridge from the NCAA Tournament teams of 2018 and 2019.

“He has been a guy that has just been so loyal, reliable, a great team guy who is about winning, does all the dirty work and does all the things the others don’t want to do,” head coach Bobby Hurley told 98.7 FM Arizona Sports’ Bickley & Marotta during Newsmakers Week.

Lawrence was a four-star prospect from New Hampton School in New Hampshire. His debut was delayed by a fractured left foot, and he ended his freshman year with only 19 games under his belt.

He was a starter out of the gate in Year 2, and he averaged 8.6 points per game. The sophomore scored nine points on six shots in ASU’s NCAA Tournament loss to Buffalo.

Lawrence’s improvement has been evident over the years, as he is scoring a career-high 10.3 points per game on 53% shooting, his most efficient clip at ASU.

The Sun Devils are back at Desert Financial Arena on Thursday when they face California. The game will start 6 p.m. and air on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

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