Arizona State has its first NCAA tournament win in a decade.
The Sun Devils beat fellow No. 11 seed St. John’s 74-65 in a First Four game Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio. They advance to play No. 6 seed Buffalo in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Friday.
Bobby Hurley’s Sun Devils played stifling defense, limiting Chris Mullin’s Red Storm to just 31.9 percent shooting (22-of-69). St. John’s managed to can just eight of 31 3-pointers (25.8 percent) and even struggled at the line, missing 10 of its 23 free throws.
Despite an injury scare following a huge fall, Luguentz Dort led Arizona State in scoring with 21 points.
Arizona State, which lost in the First Four last season, picked up its first win in the NCAA tournament since Herb Sendek’s squad took down Temple in the first round in 2009. After securing his first NCAA tournament win, Hurley – who had a legendary college career under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke in the early 1990s – faces his former Buffalo team in the Round of 64.
St. John’s, which has not won an NCAA tournament game since 2000, was making its first Big Dance appearance in Mullin’s tenure.