Glasser feels the pain for Arizona State

March, 20, 2009
MIAMI -- Derek Glasser finished one of the greatest first halves of his life writhing on the American Airlines Arena floor.

On the final play, the Arizona State guard drove into Temple's zone defense and fired a pass to the left wing, but before it got there, a Temple defender hit him in the eye and sent him sprawling to the court.

Glasser was attended to by the ASU medical staff while everyone else left the floor. Ultimately he got up and jogged off, still wincing.

The Sun Devils certainly hope he'll be OK, after he strafed the Owls for 17 first-half points as ASU staked itself to a 35-26 lead. That doubled his season scoring average and was one point off his career high for an entire game.

Glasser, normally more of a set-up man for primary offensive weapons James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph, was left open repeatedly on the perimeter, and he made Temple pay for it.

He swished four 3-point shots and made two other field goals and his only foul shot. Add in three assists, and he was the best Sun Devil on the floor in what was billed as a showdown between Harden and Temple's Dionte Christmas.

Harden had only two points and missed all three of his shots. But he did contribute four rebounds and three steals.

Christmas had 13 first-half points on 4-of-9 shooting and was the only Temple player with more than five points.



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