Men's Hoops Gets Overtime Win in Eugene, 69-67
Bobby Hurley's Sun Devils have been good at winning close games and getting halftime comebacks in his tenure, so much they rank among the Pac-12 leaders in both.
Add one to each column with a gutsy 69-67 win in Eugene as the Sun Devils got a late three-pointer to tie from DJ Horne to send it into overtime, and then Jay Heath delivered a three with 11 seconds left and ASU down two for the win in the overtime. Horne had 23 points in the win, while Heath added 14 points off the bench and Kimani Lawrence added 13.
It marked the 29th halftime comeback win for ASU in Hurley's tenure, the most in the Pac-12 in that time. ASU now has 18 two-possession wins in the past three years, tied for the most in the league.
PAC-12 TWO POSSESSION GAMES (2019-21)
Oregon, 15-5 (.750)
UCLA, 18-6 (.750)
Arizona State, 18-9 (.667)
PAC-12 HALFTIME COMEBACK WINS (2015-16 TO PRESENT)
29, Arizona State
25, Oregon State
15, Washington State
Oregon didn't give up the lead in the final 10 minutes, but ASU never let the deficit get beyond four points. ASU trailed by four with just over a minute left, but got a clutch bucket from Jalen Graham and a stop prior to Horne's three-pointer that sent the game to free basketball.
By playing Baylor, Syracuse and Loyola in the Battle 4 Atlantis, ASU is in a nine-game stretch where it is playing seven 2021 NCAA Tournament teams, with the outliers being Washington State (6-1) and San Francisco (9-0 and visits Tempe on Dec. 19).
A GOOD DJ
DJ Horne hit a career-high six threes in the Nov. 24 Baylor game and is 25-of-57 (.439) from three on the year and .418 (133-of-318) in his three-year career. He averaged 15.1 ppg. last year at Illinois State and also is a .835 career free throw shooter (66-of-79).
GOOD AT THE LINE
ASU's backcourt of Marreon Jackson (15-of-16), DJ Horne (9-of-9), Jay Heath (12-of-13), Luther Muhammad (9-of-11) and Jamiya Neal (3-of-6) are a combined 48-of-55 (.873) at the free throw line.