Arizona State edges past Utah as late push falls short


Utah Utes guard Rollie Worster (25) and Utah Utes middle Branden Carlson (35) battle Arizona State Solar Devils ahead Kimani Lawrence (4) for the rebound as Utah and Arizona State play an NCAA basketball sport within the Huntsman Heart on the College of Utah in Salt Lake Metropolis on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret Information)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Two halves inform a full sport story. And whereas the primary half was a back-and-forth battle, the second half, and arguably an important half, was largely all Arizona State Saturday night time on the Huntsman Heart.

Arizona State capitalized on a five-minute scoring drought by Utah to go on a 9-0 run (11-1 run in totality) halfway by means of the second half, and the remainder was historical past … or so the Solar Devils thought.

Utah erased a 14-point deficit to tie the sport up 59-all on a Branden Carlson 3-pointer on the high of the important thing with 1:04 left within the sport. After a pair of made free throws by Arizona State on the following possession, Carlson discovered Marco Anthony alone beneath the rim for a dunk to tie it up once more,

However Arizona State’s Marreon Jackson obtained to the rim on the opposite finish for a straightforward layup. Craig Smith group elected to let the sport play out as a substitute of taking a timeout and Rollie Worster missed a 15-foot jumper on the baseline because the clock expired to seas a 63-61 victory for the visiting Solar Devils.

Utah (11-18, 4-15 Pac-12) made a late push to chop right into a 14-point deficit halfway by means of the second half and went on a 7-0 run that obtained these in attendance believing in a comeback, however Arizona State’s Jay Heath had different plans. The sophomore guard hit a 3-pointer out of a timeout to finish the short-lived run after which hit one other on a following possession to cease any momentum Utah hoped to realize.

The Washington D.C. native completed the night time with a team-high 20 factors, however his play to neutralize Utah’s momentum was a large enough distinction to sway the sport’s outcome. Arizona State’s Jalen Graham added 15 factors, 4 rebounds and two assists, and Kimani Lawrence and Luther Muhammad added 10 factors apiece within the win.

Muhammad discovered himself on the shedding finish of a lethal transfer by Utah’s Lazar Stefanovic that left Muhammad on the bottom as Stefanovic drained the all of a sudden open 3-point look.

Anthony began the sport with the recent hand and scored 11 of the group’s first 20 factors. The senior guard remained scorching during the sport and completed with a team-high 19 factors and 4 rebounds. Carlson added 51 factors and 6 rebounds within the loss.

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