College basketball presented another classic game on Friday night when Arizona visited Arizona State in a game for the ages. The two Overtime affair saw the No. 2 Wildcats fall for the second time this season. However, the game didn’t end without a little controversy.
Louisville and SMU had to wait an extra day to get road victories in the northeast. The Cardinals ran past Temple 82-58 in another easy victory.
SMU held off Rutgers 77-65 for their first win as a ranked team in 29 years.
Arizona State 69- Arizona 66
In a hotly contested defensive game, and game saving shooting by Jermaine Marshall Arizona State found themselves up by one point with under 10 seconds left in double overtime. That’s when Arizona State’s Jordan Bachynski made the defensive play of the year.
With the ball in T.J. McConnell’s hands, Arizona decided to not call a timeout and play the game out. The Wildcats’ leading scorer penetrated the lane and had a nice floater to the rim. That’s when the Arizona State big man swooped in for the game saving block. It was his eighth of the game. In fact, it was Bachynski’s 24th block in the last three games.
The ball floated out to Jahii Carson for a breakaway. However, Carson didn’t need to dunk the ball, fore time would have run out on Arizona. Instead of dribbling to the corner, he sped right to the rim and finished with a two handed flush.
The two points gave Arizona State a three point lead and the win, or so he thought. Carson dunked the ball with .7 seconds left in the game and hung on the rim in celebration.
The home crowd rushed the floor and it was pure pandemonium. The refs had a chance to call multiple technical’s on the play, but decided against it.
After getting the fans off the court, Arizona had one more chance to tie the game, and Nick Johnson’s desperation three point attempt was on target, but the ball hit the front rim.
Jermaine Marshall led Arizona State with 29 points.
Arizona State has won 6 out of 7 games since the loss to Arizona.
Arizona shot 16-30 on the foul line.
Arizona State shot 15-26 from the foul line.
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