The Sun Devils needed a late three-pointer to force overtime, but were able to come away with a 55-54 win against Utah in the Pac-12 opener on Wednesday.
The teams went back-and-forth in the first half with neither team able to separate. Arizona State wen't up 23-17, but Utah closed the half on a 7-2 run to trail just 25-24 at halftime. Arizona State held a slim lead for the majority of the second half before Utah went up 47-46 with 1:37 to play. Trailing by three, Jahii Carson made a three-pointer to tie the game 49-49 and ultimately force overtime. Carson made just 4 of 16 shots during regulation, but hit the key shot to tie.
The Sun Devils led for the majority of overtime but were unable to build a lead bigger than two points. After back-to-back lead changes, Utah had the ball trailing 55-54 with a chance to win the game. The Utes had four shots for the win, but missed all four times -- including a putback at the buzzer -- and the Sun Devils were able to hang on for the win.
Carrick Felix led the way for the Sun Devils, scoring 17 points to go along with 13 rebounds. While Carson made just 5 of 18 shots he finished with 15 points. Jason Washburn led the Utes and finished with 19 points 18 rebounds and four blocks.
Neither team shot well from three-point range as Utah made just 3 of 11 shots while ASU made 4 of 18 attempts.