Sun Devils work overtime to end Cardinal’s season 98-88

March 8, 2017

NCAA, Stanford Cardinal

Stanford’s Michael Humphrey, left, fouls Arizona State’s Obinna Oleka during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 men’s tournament Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Las Vegas. Arizona State won 98-88.(AP Photo/John Locher)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Stanford made a quick exit from the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament in Las Vegas on Wednesday, after the Cardinal dropped a 98-88 overtime verdict to Arizona State.

The 98 points scored by ASU was the third-most in Pac-12 tournament history. Southern California holds the record with 103 in 2002, and UCLA scored 99 in 1987.

Unless the National Invitation Tournament takes a forgiving attitude toward sub-.500 teams, it’s likely the Cardinal’s season ended at 14-17. Arizona State will play No. 5 Oregon, the tournament’s top seed, in the quarterfinals.

Obinna Oleka bagged a career-high 27 points and 13 rebounds, leading the Sun Devils to a berth in the second round. Oleka’s double-double was his 16th of the season, the most in ASU history since the school joined the Pac-10 in 1978.

Tra Holder and Torian Graham added 21 and 17 points, respectively, for ASU. Arizona State (15-17 overall) shot 56 percent from the field, including 10 of 22 3-pointers. The Sun Devils also canned 22 of 25 free throws, while Stanford only took 14 total foul shots.

Stanford made an impressive second-half comeback, capped by Michael Humphrey’s jump shot with 3.3 seconds to play, sending the game into overtime at 81-81. The Cardinal held ASU to one point in the final 3:48.

The Sun Devils proceeded to pull away in the extra period and won their third-ever Pac-12 tournament game in 16 seasons. In the OT, Arizona State made all five of its shots, including three treys.

Reid Travis was Stanford’s leading scorer with 21 points, while Humphrey finished with 18.

When Stanford takes the floor again in 2017-18, they’ll have a new backcourt, as Christian Sanders and Marcus Allen are graduating, along with center Grant Verhoeven.


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