Tempe, Ariz. — Arizona State coach Herb Sendek knew he needed to get newcomer Savon Goodman in the starting lineup. He wanted to simplify things for guard Gerry Blakes, too.
The new look provided the Sun Devils with the needed energy boost following their most difficult loss of the season.
Goodman had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Blakes added 13 points while running the point, and Arizona State whipped weary Detroit 93-54 on Tuesday.
"It was a great bounce back, given where we were mentally late Saturday night," Sendek said of the triple-overtime home loss to Lehigh.
Getting his first start in his third game with his new team, the UNLV transfer Goodman scored 19 points in the first half as the Sun Devils (7-5) built a 50-22 lead. Shaquielle McKissic scored seven of his 14 points in a 13-0 spurt to start the second half in Arizona State's most lopsided win of the season.
Roosevelt Scott added nine points in his first start as Arizona State snapped a two-game skid.
"We were definitely looking forward to this day, to redeem ourselves," Blakes said.
Brandan Kearney, who transferred from Arizona State, scored 15 points for the Titans (6-7), who shot 30 percent to end a grueling three-game trip with in their fourth-straight loss.
"We were a tired basketball team. We had low energy," Detroit coach Ray McCallum said. "Guys tried to get going emotionally, but we were sluggish."
Looking for better energy, Sendek made the first significant changes to his lineup with the team scuffling ahead of the Pac-12 opener Jan. 4 at Arizona.
Sendek said Goodman needed to start after scoring 24 points against Lehigh, while Blakes had "a lot on his plate" playing both guard spots. So Blakes was moved to point guard and Sendek simplified the offense.
"It probably gives us our most active, athletic team on the floor," Sendek said.
The result: a 57-percent shooting day led by Goodman's dominance inside.
Goodman hit 8 of 12 shots and 6 of 8 free throws in 22 minutes, exiting the game for good with 7:25 left.
"It's just fun to be out there," Goodman said. "And it's fun to be with a group that I love."
Detroit, which had the lead in the second half of a loss to Wichita State while also playing Oregon and Michigan tough in defeats, was never in it.
The Titans' miserable first half included turnovers on their first three possessions — a 10-second violation, an airball and a shot that hit the side of the backboard — as Arizona State cruised to leads of 6-0, 22-8 and 34-14.
Top scorer Juwan Howard Jr., son of the former Michigan star, missed his first six shots before hitting a wing jumper with 3:11 left in the first half. He was held to nine points on 4 of 17 shooting.
"That really hasn't happened to him all year," McCallum said.
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(At) Eastern Michigan 87, Coppin State 64: Karrington Ward scored 23 points and Raven Lee added 21 to lead Eastern Michigan.
Lee also had five assists and six steals for Eastern Michigan (10-2) while Ward blocked six shots.
Sterling Smith had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Coppin State (1-11), which lost its seventh straight and fell to 0-10 on the road. Arnold Fripp and Christian Kessee had 13 points each.
Ward and Lee combined for 20 points in the first half as Eastern Michigan opened a 34-24 lead.
Coppin State had 48 rebounds, including 23 on the offensive end, but only shot 29 percent. Eastern Michigan did much better with its 16 offensive boards (out of 47 overall), going 22 of 30 from the foul line and shooting 44.6 percent from the field.
(At) Rutgers 79, Sacred Heart 54: Freshman Mike Williams had a career-high 22 points while going 9-of-15 to lead Rutgers. Williams' fellow backcourt mate Myles Mack chipped in with 19 points and six assists.
It was the third meeting between Rutgers (7-5 Big Ten Conference) and Sacred Heart (6-5 Northeast Conference), with Rutgers winning every game.
(At) UNLV 71, No. 3 Arizona 67: Christian Wood had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Rashad Vaughn added 21 points and UNLV pulled off one of its biggest wins in recent years. UNLV (8-3) refused to back down, playing more aggressively most of the game to end Arizona's regular-season nonconference winning streak at 39 games. Trailing by five with 2:19 left, Arizona (12-1) fought its way back, pulling within 68-67 on T.J. McConnell's putback with a minute left.
(At) No. 4 Louisville 80, Cal State Northridge 55: Wayne Blackshear hit his first seven shots en route to a career-high 31 points that helped No. 4 Louisville rout Cal State Northridge.
(At) No. 7 Villanova 92, NJIT 67: NJIT flirted with an upset once again over a nationally ranked foe before Villanova (12-0) finally regrouped. Trailing by 48-41 early in the second half, Villanova went on a 20-3 run to assume control for good. Villanova placed six players in double figures. Junior guard Dylan Ennis scored 17 points while point guard Ryan Arcidiacono had 16 and 6-foot-11 junior Daniel Ochefu added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Stanford 74, (at) No. 9 Texas 71 (OT): Anthony Brown scored a season-best 25 points and Chasson Randle added 21 to help Stanford knock off No. 9 Texas in overtime.
No. 11 Wichita State 80, (at) Hawaii 79 (OT): Rashard Kelly grabbed a rebound and put back a short bank shot with 3.8 seconds left Tuesday night as Wichita State overcame a sloppy night to reach the final of the Diamond Head Classic. Ron Baker led the Shockers (10-1) with 17 points on another horrid shooting night, though he came up with a key block to send the game into overtime. Hawaii (8-4) led 77-74 with just under a minute to go and took its last lead when Mike Thomas scored inside off an inbounds pass. Fred VanVleet missed badly on a 3, and Kelly was there for the winner.
(At) No. 14 Utah 80, South Dakota State 66: Freshman Brekkott Chapman scored a career-best 22 points. Delon Wright added 17 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Utes, who used a four-minute first-half run to take command and never looked back. Dakarai Tucker added 11 points for Utah (9-2). Cody Larson scored 13 points, Reed Tellinghuisen added 12 points and Zach Horstman had 10 for the Jackrabbits (9-4), who shot 39 percent and saw their seven-game winning streak snapped.
(At) Cincinnati 70, Detroit 38: Cincinnati (3-8) blew the game open, outscoring Detroit, 41-18, in the second half.
Darianne Seward led Detroit (5-7) with 11 points.