Arizona St. 73, Houston Baptist 55
Trent Lockett scored 18 points Thursday night as Arizona State fought off Houston Baptist 73-55 in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout.
Kyle Cain had a double-double of 13 points and 17 rebounds for the Sun Devils (2-1). Keala King scored 13 and Rihards Kuksiks 12.
Andrew Gonzalez led the Huskies (0-4) with 26 points, and Miles Dixon scored 14.
Houston Baptist scored the first three points, but Lockett scored six points on a 12-0 run that put the Sun Devils ahead to stay.
Arizona State led 32-19 at intermission, but the Huskies made a game of it in the second half. They closed within 49-44 on two Gonzalez free throws with 9:58 left before the Sun Devils regrouped. Arizona State ran off 13 unanswered points to make it 72-53 with 2:34 left.
The Sun Devils dominated the boards 49-29 and outshot Houston Baptist 43.8 percent to 37.7.