Arizona State holds off late Cardinal rally, wins 79-75

Photo credit: @StanfordMBB

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, January 30, 2021

Arizona State held off a gallant effort by Stanford on Saturday, and the Sun Devils won 79-75 in Pac-12 men’s basketball played at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, Ariz.

It was the second consecutive win for the struggling Sun Devils (6-8 overall, 3-5 Pac-12), and their first sweep in league play since defeating Oregon and Oregon State at home late last season.

The Cardinal (10-6 overall, 6-4 Pac-12) led 73-69 with 2:58 to play when ASU guard Joshua Christopher sank a 3-pointer. After a defensive stop, Arizona State took a 74-73 lead on a pair of Kimani Lawrence free throws at 1:46.

Michael O’Connell’s floating jumper put the Cardinal back in front at 75-74, but Lawrence put back an offensive rebound which was goaltended, and was fouled. He hit the free throw and ASU went back ahead 77-75.

Remy Martin was fouled after getting a steal, but the ASU point guard missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and the Cardinal had one more possession with eight seconds left. The Sun Devils defense forced a turnover, Alonzo Verge Jr. made a pair of free throws with 0.7 seconds left.

The Sun Devils forced Stanford into 20 turnovers – 13 in the first half. The Cardinal, meanwhile made 31 of 34 free throws to keep the game close. Stanford outrebounded ASU 34-24.

Jaiden Delaire led Stanford with 21 points, and Oscar da Silva finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season.

Martin was ASU’s top scorer with 23 points, followed by Christopher with 15 points and 12 points each from Marcus Bagley and Jalen Graham.

Stanford has a busy week ahead. The Cardinal host USC at Maples Pavilion on Tuesday, travel to Berkeley to face California on Thursday, and host the Golden Bears on Sunday, Feb. 7.

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