TEMPE, Ariz.—Sophomore guard Reggie Johnson scored a career high 24 points to lead all scorers, but the Miami University men’s basketball team (0-2) suffered a 90-54 loss at Arizona State (2-0) on Tuesday evening.
It was the second straight game Johnson eclipsed the 20-point mark and the second consecutive game he set a career high in scoring. Johnson also tied a career high with five steals against the Sun Devils.
The RedHawks took a quick 9-5 lead by the 15:51 mark, spurred by five points from senior center Blake McLimans and four points Johnson. The Sun Devils rattled off six straight points to come back and take an 11-9 lead at 13:51. A pair of senior forward Will Felder free throws at 13:38 knotted the game 11-11, but ASU went on a 20-2 run over the next six minutes to take a 31-13 lead. The Sun Devils outscored the RedHawks 10-5 over the remaining minutes of the opening half to carry a 41-18 lead into the intermission.
Two free throws by freshman guard Jaryd Eustace and seven straight points from Johnson to open the second half helped Miami cut its deficit to 17 points with 16:19 to play, 44-27. Ten straight Sun Devil points, however, extended ASU’s lead to 27 points with 13:03 to play and they never looked back.
In addition to Johnson’s 24 points, McLimans added 15 points and three blocked shots.
ASU had four players score in double figures, led by Jahii Carson and Jermaine Marshall, who scored 18 points apiece.
Miami returns to action next week when the RedHawks conclude a three-game road stretch to start the season at local foe Xavier on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.