Sam Houston State, out to solve shooting woes, visits ASU

Arizona State, which bounced back from being routed by BYU on Thanksgiving to defeat Vanderbilt the following day in the Vegas Showdown, returns home to face Sam Houston on Wednesday in Tempe, Ariz.Alonzo Gaffney scored 19 points and Jose Perez added 15 for Arizona State in the third-place game at Las Vegas.The Sun Devils (3-2) shot 51.8 percent (29 of 56) from the field, including 45.5 percent (10 of 22) from 3-point range, against the Commodores. Arizona also went 14-for-17 (82.4 percent) from the free-throw line.That performance followed Arizona State’s 77-49 loss to BYU, a game in which the Sun Devils made 33.3 percent (19 of 57) of their shots from the field and 10 percent (2 of 20) of their attempts from beyond the arc. They were 9 of 18 from the free-throw line.”There are different ways to motivate,” Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley said. “I avoided really going into a lot of detail. We said what we needed to say after the (BYU) game to try to motivate (for the Vanderbilt game).”We needed to turn the page to focus on this opponent. So there was no time to really dwell on it any more than that.”Sam Houston State (4-3) is on a three-game winning streak that has featured victories over Troy, Grambling and Paul Quinn College, an NAIA school in Dallas.