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Arizona State seeks more production from bench

After getting solid contributions from the bench early in the season, the play of the Sun Devils' reserves has fallen off in recent weeks.

Stephen Dunn

Despite a strong 9-2 start for the Arizona St. Sun Devils, head coach Herb Sendek has concerns about his squad, the largest of which might be the production of his bench, according to Vince Marotta of ArizonaSports.com.

With Pac-12 conference play just two games away, Sendek would like to see more from his reserves. Four of the team's five starters are averaging more than 30 minutes per game, and only seven players on the Sun Devils' roster are averaging more than 10 minutes per contest. The bench has struggled of late, averaging just 6.3 points per game in the team's last three.

Senior point guard Chris Colvin emerged as a potential force off the bench earlier this season, averaging 10.3 points per game in the Sun Devils' first four contests. But he has struggled of late, averaging a scant 3.4 points per game over the team's last seven.

Freshman Eric Jacobsen has also fallen off of late, averaging 2.7 points and 0.7 rebounds in the team's last three games. Arizona State will need more from their reserves if they want to compete in a strong Pac-12 conference.

The Sun Devils will play their first road game of the 2012-13 campaign when they head to Texas Tech on Saturday.