2014 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament second round: Stanford upsets ASU
LAS VEGAS – Chasson Randle scored 21 points to lead Stanford, a No. 6 seed at this Pac-12 Basketball Tournament, to a 79-58 quarterfinal win over No. 3 Arizona State on Thursday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Stanford arrived in Las Vegas hoping for a deep run to impress the NCAA tournament selection committee. Now they're thinking: beat UCLA. The Cardinal and Bruins tip off at 8:30 p.m. Friday on Fox Sports 1, with the winner advancing to Saturday's tournament championship.
In Thursday's quarterfinal, Stanford's win started with defense.
The Sun Devils' leading scorers, Jahii Carson and Jermaine Marshall, went without a point for the first 22 minutes of the game. Carson finished with 10 points and three assists, and Marshall added four points. Combined they went 6-for-21 from the floor.
Credit Stanford's defense for limiting the duo's looks.
“It's hard to stop a great player,” Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins said, making sure to credit Anthony Brown who guarded Carson most of the night. “You try to contain him.”
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The Sun Devils trailed just 30-27 at halftime even as Carson and Marshall struggled to score. Marshall hit a jumper two minutes into the second half to break his scoreless streak, and Carson got on the board with his seventh shot attempt of the game, a floater with 14 minutes to play.
In the second half, Stanford's offense clicked too.
Dawkins' team shot 55 percent from the floor overall as Randle got help from Dwight Powell (15 points) and Josh Huestis (12). The Cardinal outrebounded the Sun Devils 34-23 and limited them to two offensive rebounds.
“We beat a good team tonight,” Dawkins said. “It was one of the best efforts we've had this season. We withstood the runs and continued to build momentum.”
Dawkins didn't feel his team was safe until just before the game clock wound out.
“I never feel that way,” he said. “The game turns so fast, the ebbs and flows. Especially Arizona State, they're the best three-point shooting team in our conference. They can get hot and knock them down.”