Thursday night was a roller coaster of a game that saw Arizona State lead in the second half by as many as 16 points, yet still needing a Jermaine Marshall three with 19 seconds left to send their game at Cal into overtime. However, the extra frame was boring in comparison as the Sun Devils outscored the Golden Bears 17-6 and captured an 89-78 win, handing Cal their first home loss this year
(16-5, 5-3 Pac-12) was in control early in the game, trailing for just a mere 16 seconds in the first half and finishing that period with a 42-30 advantage. The visitors kept their momentum going in the first few minutes of the second stanza and had their largest lead, 48-32 at with just under a minute and half gone. Nonetheless, just when you thought this contest would turn into a laugher, California
(14-7, 5-3) started to mount a slow moving comeback.
With just over seven minutes left in the game ASU still had a double digit lead, 64-54. Cal went on a 16-5 run to reclaim the lead 70-69 with 44 seconds left. Jermaine Marshall's aforementioned three pointer prevented a heartbreaking loss for the Sun Devils and ultimately deflated the Bears and sent them to their first home loss of the season.
Jahii Carson led all players with 29 points and seven assists. The sophomore scored 11 points in overtime and more importantly did not pick up his fifth foul during that period. Marshall had 22 including 3-5 from beyond the arc. Shaquille McKissic had 12 points and three steals. ASU made 12 of its 16 free throws in overtime, and held 39-32 advantage on the boards. Justin Cobbs paced Cal with 21 points but only 9-19 from the field.
Next up for ASU is a Saturday 2 PM MT tip-off contest at Stanford, who lost a close game to Arizona 60-57 on Thursday night.