(AP) — Trent Lockett had 17 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double and Arizona State held off Montana State 78-72 in the teams' season opener on Friday.
The Sun Devils led 33-21 at halftime but the Bobcats started the second half with an 18-8 run and stayed within single digits most of the rest of the way.
Keala King scored 16 and Carrick Felix 13, including a steal and breakaway stuff that put the Sun Devils up by 10 with 3:21 to play.
Shawn Reid led Montana State with 19. Xavier Johnson-Blount added 13 and Tre Johnson 11 for the Bobcats, who shot just 34 percent, 18 percent in the first half.
Three-pointers by Christian Moon and Rod Singleton sliced the lead to 75-72 with 13 seconds to play, but King made one of two free throws, then after a missed Montana State layup, Kyle Cain sank two from the line to finally put away the Bobcats, winless in four tries against Arizona State.
Lockett scored eight in a 10-2 run to end the first half and give Arizona State a 33-21 lead at the half. The Bobcats shot just 18 percent in the half (5-for-28), 3 of 16 from 3-point range. The Sun Devils didn't exactly light it up, either, making 39 percent of their shots (11 of 28). Arizona State committed 13 turnovers in the sloppy first 20 minutes, to 10 for Montana State, which never has beaten Arizona State in four tries.
The Bobcats, with just one starter back from last season's 13-18 team, opened the second half with an 18-8 run, cutting the lead to 41-39 on Jourdain Allou's three-point play with 14:18 remaining.
The Sun Devils scored the next seven, the last five by King, whose 3-pointer made it 49-41 with 12:32 to go. But the Bobcats came back again. King fouled Johnson-Blount on a three-point try, and he made two of three free throws to cut the lead to 51-47 with 10 minutes remaining.
King's layup capped a 7-0 spurt that boosted it to 58-47.
After Felix's steal and stuff made it 68-58, he added a pair of free throws with 2:46 remaining to make it 70-58, matching the Sun Devils' biggest lead of the game.
Again, Montana State came back with a 14-7 spurt that made it close at the end.
The Sun Devils are without their top recruit, point guard Jahii Carson, who is awaiting word from the NCAA on his academic eligibility.