Arizona State (20-11, 9-9 Pac-12) played one of their better games as of late in the first ten minutes of the contest as they trailed 16-15 at the 11:00 minute mark. Arizona (24-6, 12-6) proceeded to go on a 13-3 run to go up 29-18 with 5:50 left. The visitors couldn’t do much to stop that momentum and went down to the locker room trailing 40-25 at halftime.
The second stanza saw ASU fight back and cut down the deficit to 50-45 with 10:46 left as several Arizona players were in foul trouble. However, the Sun Devils weren’t able to keep their aggressive play and on defense not only did they see players such as Chris Colvin and Jordan Bachynski fouling out but they weren’t able to stop the Wildcats’ 20-5 run as the hosts went up 70-50 with 4:23 left en route to a season sweep versus their in-state rival.
Carrick Felix led all players with 22 points. Jahii Carson added 15 points, but just five of them came in the second half. The freshman had just three assists and six turnovers. As a team ASU turned over the ball 16 times and were out rebounded 32-22. Nick Johnson paced Arizona with 17 points.
In order to punch in their ticket to the Big Dance, the reeling Sun Devils will now have to do accomplish a feat that has rarely been achieved (albeit took place just last year by Colorado) and that is win four games in four days at the Pac-12 tournament. ASU’s first round matchup is certainly one of the more challenging as they face Stanford Wednesday at Noon.