EUGENE, Ore. – Despite a game-high 28 points from Jahii Carson, Arizona State was unable to clinch a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament as it fell at Oregon, 85-78 on Tuesday night.
Jermaine Marshall scored 16 points while Jordan Bachynski and Bo Barnes added 13 points each for the Sun Devils (21-9, 10-7 Pac-12), who never led after falling into a 15-point hole to start the game. Bachynski also grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with all five of ASU’s blocks.
Oregon (21-8, 9-8) placed four players in double figures led by Mike Moser, who had 22 points and 17 rebounds.
The Ducks led by eight at the half and would increase their lead to 14 after Damyean Dotson connected on one of his team-high three triples with 15:47 remaining.
Less than five minutes later the Devils fought back and got within three points after a pair of free throws by Shaquielle McKissic capped a 19-8 run, cutting ASU’s deficit to 55-52 with 10:52 remaining.
However the Sun Devils could not draw any closer as the Ducks scored 16 of the game’s next 23 points to extend out to a 71-59 advantage with under five minutes left.
Oregon shot 47 percent for the game while ASU made 38 percent of its shots. Carson (4-5) and Barnes (3-5) combined for seven of ASU’s 12 three pointers while shooting them at a 70-percent clip.
The Sun Devils got out to a slow start as they missed their first six shots of the game. Oregon would take advantage of ASU’s inability to make a field goal over the first five-plus minutes as it scored the game’s first 15 points over that span.
Marshall’s jumper with 14:44 left in the first half got ASU on the board. Marshall’s bucket ignited a 16-2 run for the Sun Devils, who got within a single point, after Marshall’s triple cut ASU’s deficit to 17-16 with 8:44 remaining.
The two teams were not done exchanging scoring runs as the Ducks would come back with seven straight points over a stretch of 2:33 to take a 24-16 lead.
ASU would get no closer than five the rest of the half and ended up going into the locker room down 33-25.
The Sun Devils will get another chance to solidify a first round bye in next week’s Pac-12 Tournament on Saturday when they close out the regular season at Oregon State (1:30 p.m. PT/2:30 p.m. MT). The game can be seen live on Pac-12 Networks.