Sun Devils win wild Pac-12 Tournament opener

2013-03-13T14:19:00Z 2013-03-20T12:02:43Z Sun Devils win wild Pac-12 Tournament openerPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 13, 2013 2:19 pm  • 

LAS VEGAS — Through 39 minutes against Arizona State today, Stanford had not attempted a single free throw.

When the Cardinal got its try, it was a huge one.

Aaron Bright was fouled by Jonathan Gilling while making a three-pointer down four with 41 seconds left in the first game of the Pac-12 Tournament at the MGM Garden Arena. Stanford’s point guard made the free throw, tying the game and eventually forcing overtime.

The Sun Devils hung on, though, thanks to a career day by point guard Jahii Carson, to win, 86-83, in overtime.

The point guard finished with 34 points on 14-of-22 shooting, missing the ASU freshman record, set by Mario Bennett in 1992, by one.

"I just try to come up big on big stages," Carson said.

Carson scored five points in the extra frame, including a three-pointer in overtime that gave ASU a lead it would never relinquish.

"I thought Jahii Carson played an amazing game," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "For his first-ever Pac-12 Tournament, I thought the young man was terrific."

Senior wing Carrick Felix finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

ASU led by seven with 1:10 left in regulation, but the Cardinal made two three-pointers and one four-point play to rally.

Defense appeared optional for both teams.

Until Stanford began fouling in the final two minutes of regulation, ASU had only attempted four free throws. Stanford tried one the whole game.

The previous Pac-12 record for fewest attempts went to Oregon, two years ago.

ASU faces top seed UCLA on Thursday. 

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