By Connor Johnson, Sun Devil Athletics Intern
ASU WINS VS. TOP FIVE TEAMS
#6 ASU 93, #5 Wichita State 87 (Dec. 7, 1963)
ASU 89, #3 Michigan 87 (Dec. 1, 1965 in Portland)
ASU 95, #3 USC 78 (Dec. 1, 1971)
ASU 89, #5 San Francisco 70 (Dec. 3, 1977)
#5 ASU 87, @#1 Oregon State 67 (March 7, 1981)
ASU 68, #4 Oregon State 60 (March 6, 1982)
ASU 78, @#4 UCLA 76 (March 12, 1983)
ASU 77, #5 Arizona (Feb. 20, 1992)
ASU 90, @#4 Stanford 87 in OT (Jan. 31, 1998)
ASU 69, #2 Arizona 66, 2 OT (Feb. 14, 2014)
In front of a sold out crowd, the Arizona State men’s basketball team was able to outlast the visiting Arizona Wildcats 69-66 in double overtime thanks to some late-game heroics from Jermaine Marshall and Jordan Bachynski.
Following Marshall’s go-ahead layup with 14 seconds left to play, Bachynski swatted away Arizona guard T.J. McConnell’s floater with six seconds remaining. Jahii Carson was then able to pick up the loose ball and cap off an exciting evening with a powerful two-handed dunk on the other end of the floor.
Friday’s victory over the second-ranked Wildcats was the highest-ranked team that ASU has ever defeated at home.
Marshall, who didn’t play when these two teams played earlier this season, scored a season-high 29 points, including the final go-ahead basket in the second overtime. Bachynski added 13 points, seven rebounds and eight blocks, including his third game-saving block of the season. Carson finished with 17 points and six assists.
“Jermaine is just incredible,” head coach Herb Sendek said. “It just seems like the bigger the moment, regardless of what’s happened previously, he has an amazing capacity to make a big play and to be at his best when the game is on the line.”
Despite getting dominated on the glass (Arizona outrebounded ASU 54-35) and shooting a measly 58 percent (15-26) from the free throw line, the Sun Devils were able to get enough key defensive stops to secure the victory.
“I think our guys gave a great effort on defense and it was really a team defensive effort,” Sendek said. “Our defense allowed us to hang around in the neighborhood because it’s really hard to score against Arizona. The most incredible thing to me looking at the stat sheet is to be outrebounded as badly as we were and still be in the game.”
Offense was especially hard to come by in the first half, as both Arizona (11-30) and Arizona State (8-27) struggled from the floor in the first half.
ASU was led by Marshall’s 12 points in the first half, using his height advantage to post up Arizona’s Nick Johnson.
Johnson finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, but shot only 5-20. McConnell led Arizona with 17 points.
It wasn’t until a Johnson free throw put Arizona ahead 18-14 with 4:23 left in the first half that either team led by more than three points. A Kaleb Tarczewski baseline jumper capped off a 7-0 Wildcat run on Arizona’s next possession, giving them a 20-14 lead with 3:40 left in the first half.
Marshall then scored the next five Arizona State points to make the score 22-19 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. Arizona then closed the half on a 4-2 run and took a 26-21 lead at halftime.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Shaquielle McKissic and Marshall put ASU up 29-28 with 16:47 remaining. It was the first lead for the Sun Devils since 6:34 in the first half.
Arizona countered right back with a 7-2 run to take a 35-31 lead with 13 minutes remaining.
Six straight points from Carson gave Arizona State its largest lead of the game, 47-41, with 7:32 remaining.
After a flurry of free throws and lead changes, a baseline jumper by Carson and a Bachynski free throw gave the Sun Devils a 51-46 lead with 2:35 remaining.
Arizona then answered right back, as freshman Aaron Gordon completed a three-point play to bring the Wildcats within two, 51-49, with 2:20 left in the game.
Following an Arizona miss, McKissic lost his footing and had his pass intercepted by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who was able to get the ball to McConnell for a wide open layup to tie the game at 51 with 41 seconds to play.
After calling two timeouts, Arizona State was forced to settle for an off-balance three-pointer from Marshall that didn’t hit the rim. The Wildcats then took possession with 13 seconds remaining.
Arizona was able to get the ball to Gordon, but his running hook shot came up short, and the game went into overtime.
Following multiple missed free throws from both squads at the start of the first overtime, a driving layup by Carson gave ASU a 56-53 lead with three minutes left to play.
The Wildcats then used four straight free throws from Tarczewski to take a 57-56 lead with 2:20 remaining, but Bachynski was able to split a pair of free throws on ASU’s next possession to tie the game at 57.
With 51 seconds left, the Sun Devils once again found themselves with the ball and a chance to take the lead, but a heavily contested floater from Carson came up short and the Wildcats took possession with a chance to win.
However, a Johnson step back jumper over Bo Barnes was off the mark, and Hollis-Jefferson’s tip-in attempt went over the backboard, giving the Sun Devils the ball at their own baseline with 1.8 seconds remaining.
Carson was able to get a shot off from just beyond half-court, but it came up short and the game headed into double overtime.
Two straight driving layups by Gordon gave Arizona a 63-59 lead with 1:45 left to play in the second overtime.
Then, Marshall came alive.
The senior first hit a three to bring ASU within one with 1:16 remaining. Marshall then drilled another three to tie the game at 65 after two free throws from Tarczewski had given the Wildcats a 65-62 lead.
Gordon was able to sink a free throw to put Arizona up by one, but the Sun Devils were able to give the ball to Marshall and he did the rest.
Marshall was able to get by Hollis-Jefferson, and his layup gave ASU a 67-66 lead with 14 seconds remaining.
“The Play was set up for a three, but (Hollis-Jefferson) played me pretty tight,” Marshall said. “He was playing great defense all game. Fortunately, I read him. He was up tight and I was able to go by him.”
Arizona elected to not use its final timeout, and an all-too-familiar situation played out. McConnell was able to get into the lane, but Bachynski swatted his floater past half-court. Carson then picked up the loose ball and his dunk with 0.8 seconds left gave ASU a three point lead.
“I saw (McConnell) come right down the middle, I hustled over and I jumped,” Bachynski said. “I felt it was a little bit late, but I must of got it right at the peak. It’s just an amazing feeling and for Jahii to dunk it on the other end to expand the lead, there’s no words to describe that.”
The Wildcats were able to get off a decent look, but Johnson’s heave from 40 feet away bounced off the front rim, giving Arizona State a 69-66 victory.