Glasser responds following benching

Glasser responds following benching

Senior Derek Glasser probably never thought he would notch 10 assists, including his 500th one as a Sun Devil, on a day where he would not be part of the starting lineup. Suffice to say that the ASU point guard took his benching in stride, as he helped his team shake off a two-game losing streak and beat Stanford 88-70.

"We played with a lot of energy that we haven't played with in the previous two games and that was good to see," said Glasser. "Guys played with a lot more effort. For us it's always how hard we play. If we come out and play slow and lackadaisical, teams are going to cut us up and get all the shots we want. But if we bring the energy and effort that we bring tonight, it's tough for teams to score."

Glasser had no problems with Head Coach Herb Sendek's decision to bench him in favor of Demetrius Walker, a resolution that took place on Friday and was revealed to the entire team shortly before tip-off. Glasser started 93 games at ASU, including all 21 games this season prior to today.

"It's no secret that I have been struggling and the past two games I haven't been holding my own on the defensive end," admitted Glasser. "I didn't deserve to start and I wasn't playing as well as other guys were. Demetrius has been playing better in practice. He may have not shot the ball well against Cal but he played well.

"Whatever coach decides to do he will put us in the best position to win and I respect any decision he makes. I'm not going to second guess him. I have confidence in myself and I know the coaches have confidence in me."

Glasser stated that he felt that he got plenty of leeway before being scratched from the starting lineup and agreed that he was pressing during his slump. As expected the senior put the good of the team before his own.

"I'm not too worried about scoring," claimed Glasser, "I'm just worried about us winning and getting guys involved. As long as that is happening we're all good."

Stanford was limited to 25 percent shooting in the first half, a period that saw ASU lead by as many as 37 points shooting at a 65.6 percent clip. The Sun Devils were outscored 48-34 in the second stanza, and their lead was cut to 12 points. Yes, it was too little too late for the visitors from Palo Alto.

"When we came out to a 13-2 lead, we got back to playing how we know how to play," explained Glasser. "We really showed that we won't give up easy baskets or rebounds early and I'm very proud of the guys bouncing back the way we did.

"It was a great team effort. Guys came out early hitting shots and really propelled us to get the big lead at halftime and we kind of coasted from there. Stanford did a good job fighting back and making it close. We just had too big of a halftime lead."

The point guard, who also scored 12 points today, didn't give himself too much credit for his ten assists, eight of them which took place in the first half. "Guys were just hitting shots," said Glasser, "finding each other – it was fun to play that way."

No other player exemplified ASU's torrid shooting more than Ty Abbott who was a perfect 6-6 from beyond the arc and had 22 points in the first half.

"It seemed like there for a second in the first half that he was shooting into an ocean," quipped Glasser. "It didn't matter where he was shooting from, it was just going in."

Last year Abbott struggled offensively in a major way, and it was Glasser trying to offer encouragement during his slump. Ironically, the tables have turned recently and it's now Glasser who is having his good friend talk to him about his shooting troubles.

Glasser acknowledged that it's a subject that is hard to discuss, but with the right mindset he is able to successfully deal with it.

"I just try to put it away and think about the next game," remarked Glasser." So we're focused right now on Washington State and I'm not too worried about how I'm shooting it. It will fall.

"We needed this win bad. Going to the Washington's next week, having a two-game losing streak at home…this was one of the biggest games for us. I'm really proud with how we responded."

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