Devils Done Dancing: Buffalo Races Past ASU

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The Arizona State Sun Devils looked like a team who played Wednesday night, traveled overnight into Thursday morning and faced a fresh, talented team Friday afternoon in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bobby Hurley’s old school, the Buffalo Bulls, used a 14-2 run midway through the first half and coasted to a 91-74 victory.

The six-seeded Bulls led by 13 points at halftime and were aided by nine offensive rebounds, which resulted in 11 second-chance points. Nick Perkins and Jeremy Harris each scored 21 points for BU.

The Devils were paced by front-court starters Zylan Cheatham (22 points, eight rebounds) and Romello White (12 points) but the high-scoring backcourt of Remy Martin, Rob Edwards and Lu Dort struggled (combined 7-29, 1-15 three’s combined) as ASU was simply beaten by a better team. White left midway through the second half after taking an elbow to the head and did not return.

Buffalo (32-3), who dominated in bench points and three-point shooting against the road-weary Devils, will face third-seeded Texas Tech, the Big-12 regular season co-champion, on Sunday.

ASU finishes their season 23-11. 

A Valley native, Eric has had a passion for the Arizona sports scene since an early age. He has covered some of the biggest events including Super Bowls, national championships and the NBA and MLB playoffs in his near 20 years in local media.