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Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009 11:46 pm | Updated: 1:16 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Arizona State added two more contributors in its second blowout victory of the season. Derek Glasser led the Sun Devils with 20 points in an 84-62 victory over Texas State in the first round of the preseason NIT on Monday night, but he was hardly alone.

Arizona State added two more contributors in its second blowout victory of the season.

Derek Glasser led the Sun Devils with 20 points in an 84-62 victory over Texas State in the first round of the preseason NIT on Monday night, but he was hardly alone.

Freshman Trent Lockett had 14 points in the second game of his college career and Ty Abbott added a sparking 11 points while playing only 14 minutes in his first game back since offseason arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Abbott had only practiced twice before the game.

"We got a big lift from Ty," Arizona State coach Herb Sendek said. "He energized our team."

Abbott scored eight points, including two 3-pointers, in a 16-0 run late in the first half to give the Sun Devils a 39-26 halftime cushion.

Arizona State (2-0) extended its run to 29-6 by holding Texas State to two field goals in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the second half, when Lockett provided a spark on both ends.

A 6-foot-5 forward, Lockett added seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in 26 minutes. He had three offensive rebounds.

"I don't know that we've had a presence like that on the offensive glass from our perimeter," Sendek said. "He's very gifted athletically and very smart. We're really excited about his future with our team.

"I'm just trying to go out and make plays," Lockett said. "It's a confidence-builder. It's just one game in my whole career. I have to build from here."

Arizona State will play TCU in a second-round NIT West bracket game Tuesday in Tempe, and the winner will advance to the NIT semifinals in New York City on Nov. 27.

Eric Boateng had a career-high with 14 points and had nine rebounds and three steals in the Sun Devils' second stingy defensive performance.

Texas State (1-1) shot 36.2 percent from the field against ASU's aggressive 3-2 matchup zone defense, three days after the Sun Devils limited Western Illinois to 23.1 percent from the floor in an 87-35 victory.

Cameron Johnson led Texas State with 14 points. Tony Bishop and Jonathan Sloan had nine points apiece for the Bobcats, who led 24-23 before Abbott sparked ASU's rally.

Texas State outrebounded Arizona State, 39-25, but had 27 turnovers.

"We committed 27 turnovers against a zone. Those are things that we can correct. Arizona State is a good aggressive team," Texas State coach Doug Davalos said.

"When you have balls that hit you in the hands, that kind of started a downward spiral. They went on a 16-0 run, and it was triggered by turnovers. Then we fouled. Turnovers and fouls ain't going to be good enough to win on the road."

ASU made 52.1 percent of its field goal attempts and was 9 of 16 from 3-point range. Abbott made three 3-pointers and had four rebounds and three steals in 14 minutes.

Glasser, Rihards Kuksiks and Jamelle McMillan had two 3-pointers apiece.

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