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Top 25 Capsules: No. 16 Arizona State holds off St. John’s 82-70

Arizona State guard Tra Holder, right, passes around St. John’s guard Justin Simon during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)
Arizona State guard Tra Holder, right, passes around St. John’s guard Justin Simon during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)
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LOS ANGELES – Romello White scored 22 points and No. 16 Arizona State held off St. John’s 82-70 on Friday night in the opener of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic tripleheader at Staples Center.

Shannon Evans II added 18 points for the Sun Devils (8-0), off to their best start since 1980-81.

St. John’s rallied from a 13-point deficit early in the second half to trail 71-70 on a layup by Shamorie Ponds after he stole the ball from White.

After Remy Martin missed a layup for the Sun Devils, Bryan Trimble Jr. threw the ball away near the Red Storm’s bench and they never got any closer.

Ponds scored 19 points for the Red Storm (8-2), who had their three-game winning streak ended.

Oklahoma 85, No. 25 Southern California 83

Trae Young had 29 points and nine assists for in the Hall of Fame Basketball Classic tripleheader.

Young, a freshman who leads the nation in scoring, topped 28 points for the sixth straight game.

Christian James added 19 points, tying his career-high with five 3-pointers, and Brady Manek had 15 points for the Sooners (7-1), who won their fifth in a row.

Elijah Stewart led five players in double figures with 23 points for the Trojans (4-3), who never led in losing their third straight. Chimezie Metu had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Oklahoma missed its last four free throw attempts, including two by Young.

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