(AP) — Arizona State played an outstanding first half in beating Wake Forest. Sun Devils coach Herb Sendek was also very impressed with a consistent final 20 minutes of play.
Keala King had 25 points and Trent Lockett added 20 as Arizona State beat Wake Forest 84-56 in a consolation round game at the Old Spice Classic on Friday night.
Lockett had 14 points and King contributed 10 as Arizona State (2-3) took a commanding 40-21 lead at halftime. Consecutive layups by Kyle Cain and Lockett put Arizona State up 32-15 with 4 minutes left in the first half.
"Just as important for our team, we had the halftime lead, we got off to a good start, but we maintained it," Sendek said. "We finished. In many ways I'm just as pleased, if not more so, that we were able to maintain the way it started in the first half."
Wake Forest (3-2) got 17 points from C.J. Harris. He has scored in double-figures in all five games this season.
"We just couldn't make a bucket," said Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik, whose team shot 34.6 percent from the field (18 of 52). "They were able to get out and run, and our defensive transition was awful. I think what happened was, we have a young basketball team that got very frustrated with the inability to make some shots."
Chris Colvin's 3-point play gave Arizona State a 45-21 lead with 17 minutes to play. King hit a long-range jumper that extended the Arizona State lead to 59-31 at the 11-minute mark.
King had all six points for the Sun Devils when they grabbed an early 6-1 lead. Lockett's 3 made it 19-7 midway through the half.
Lockett had 15 points and seven rebounds in Arizona State's 55-44 loss to Fairfield on Thursday.
"I thought our team really rebounded and played a good game," Sendek said. "We didn't expect to have this margin. This is one of those nights we played well and Wake, probably, didn't play its best, and those things happen over the course of a long season."
Wake Forest shot just 28 percent (7 for 25), compared to the Sun Devils' 59.3 percent (16 for 27) during the opening 20 minutes.
Wake Forest went four minutes into the second half before scoring. Harris ended the drought on his 3-point play.
"A loss is truly a loss if you don't learn something from it," Bzdelik said. "It's a hard lesson for a team that I think from an effort standpoint was, perhaps, feeling sorry for themselves from (Thursday night's loss 80-76 loss to Dayton).
"It also must be said, give Arizona State a lot of credit," Bzdelik added. "They played with great energy, and contributed in a big way as to why we missed shots. It was a combination of both Arizona State's effectivness and our lack of maturity in some regards."
This was the first meeting between Wake Forest and Arizona State, which will close out the tournament Sunday against DePaul.
Wake Forest and Texas Tech, both 0-2 in the tourney, will also face off Sunday.