TEMPE, Ariz. — Shannon Evans was Arizona State's leading scorer, his 25 points helping the Sun Devils win their season opener 94-74 Friday night over Idaho State.
But Evans paused in the middle of his postgame remarks to announce the arrival of De'Quon Lake into the room as he applauded his teammate.
Lake, a 6-foot-10 transfer NJCAA All-American from Iowa Western Community College made his ASU debut, making 8 of 10 shots on his way to 24 points and blocked three shots. He added eight rebounds.
"Here he goes right now, the man of the hour," Evans said. "He impacted the game tremendously, blocking shots, protecting the rim, rebounding and dunking. We need him to keep that going for us to be a good team."
Lake said he had a good week of practice that carried over to the game.
"Just had a bunch of energy," Lake said.
Tra Holder, the fourth-highest returning scorer in the Pac-12, added 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Arizona State got off to a slow start but got hot quickly and ended up making 52 percent of its shots for the game. The Sun Devils led by as many as 27 points in the second half despite rotating only seven players for all but the final minute of the game.
Jacob McCord led Idaho State with 18 points. Novak Topalovic added 13.
Arizona State used an 18-2 run to take a 22-10 lead midway through the first half, only to see Idaho State make it 30-29 with under six minutes to play.
Lake scored 13 of his points in the first half and dunked several times throughout the game.
"We went to him a couple of times early by design to try to get him touches," ASU coach Bobby Hurley said of Lake. "We thought we might have had an advantage in there because he does have the ability to score on the block and finish."
By Jose M. Romero | AP