Arizona State beats Portland State 88-70 in opener
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Torian Graham and Tra Holder each scored 23 points and Arizona State opened its second season under Bobby Hurley with an 88-70 win over Portland State Friday night.
Shannon Evans added 19 points, Holder had four assists and Arizona State shot 50 percent to run past the Vikings after a slow start.
The Sun Devils also had a 47-33 advantage in rebounds, led by Obinna Oleka's 13.
Braxton Tucker had 19 points and Bryce Canda 12 for Portland State, which went 6 for 27 from 3-point range
The Sun Devils were shaky early, missing their first five shots – all at the rim – and turning it over twice before scoring their first baskets 3 minutes in.
Arizona State shook off those early jitters behind Graham.
The 6-foot-4 senior played at Chipola Junior College in Florida, transferred to Houston, then Buffalo. He did not play at either school.
Graham came off the bench in his first Division I game and immediately started making shots. He hit consecutive 3-pointers and had 13 points in his first eight minutes to help the Sun Devils build a 10-point lead.