TEMPE AWOL in the DePaul loss Wednesday, the energy and intensity level necessary to compete when the Pac-12 season begins in two weeks returned to Arizona State on Saturday.
ASUs 61-42 victory over Dartmouth at Wells Fargo Arena was not especially pretty. Part of that was because Dartmouth slowed the game by running the Princeton offense, and part of it was because the Sun Devils for the second straight game did not shoot particularly well from three-point range or the foul line.
But ASU more than compensated with its activity. The Sun Devils seemed as intense and focused as they has been all season, especially considering the tempo. They had 11 steals among their 16 turnovers and nine blocked shots. It was their second-highest steals total this season.
From the beginning, our thing was to have a lot of energy and make sure we compete from the beginning to the end of the game, said forward Carrick Felix, who went to the floor several times while battling for loose balls.