Today on FOX Sports Arizona: ASU vs. North Carolina A&T, noon
Arizona State will go for its fourth consecutive win Thursday afternoon against North Carolina A&T in the Sun Devils' nonconference finale.
The Devils (6-4) have won three straight after a three-game losing streak that started in the Great Alaska Shootout. The offense has begun to jell during that time, with ASU posting more than 70 points in each of the three wins. The Devils had only hit the 70-point mark once before that this season (a 73-55 win over Houston Baptist in Alaska).
In Tuesday's win over Nevada, freshman forward Kyle Cain recorded his second career double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds. He is now averaging 9.3 points and team-leading 7.9 rebounds per game. Trent Lockett continues to lead the team in scoring at 15.0 points per game and is second on the team with 6.7 rebounds.
Senior guard Ty Abbott has also picked up his play during the current winning streak, posting 18, 17 and 15 points while averaging 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
The Aggies have lost two straight -- 74-58 to Mississippi State and 76-59 to Stanford their last time out -- to fall to 5-5 on the season. They have played four games so far against major-conference programs and have lost all four, with an average margin of defeat of 36 points.
North Carolina A&T is led by senior forward Thomas Coleman, who has posted six double-doubles in nine games this season and is averaging 15.2 points and 10.9 rebounds. Backcourt mates Nic Simpson and Marc Hill are second and third on the team in scoring, respectively, with averages of 13.1 points and 11.1 points. Hill also averages 4.2 assists per game.
The Aggies have averaged 58.6 points in their five losses and 86.8 in their five wins. They are 1-5 on the road -- the only win was an 82-79 triumph over UNC Greensboro on Nov. 29.
The Sun Devils are 3-1 at home -- the only loss was to Richmond (67-61) on Dec. 5.
Thursday's game will be televised live on FOX Sports Arizona, with coverage starting at noon.