Savon Goodman collected 21 points and 16 rebounds as Arizona State withstood a late run by North Carolina State and advanced to the championship game of the Legends Classic with a 79-76 victory Monday night.
Goodman turned in his seventh career double-double and continued playing well after averaging 12.9 points and 9.7 rebounds in 12 games last season. He scored 14 of his points after halftime and his biggest basket was a layup with 1:25 remaining which snapped a 73-73 tie.
Tra Holder led the Sun Devils (3-1) with 22 points. He scored 11 in the second half and his 3-pointer with 64 seconds remaining provided Arizona State with a 78-73 lead.
Anthony Barber led the Wolfpack (2-2) with 22 points. Maverick Rowan added 14 for North Carolina State, which lost despite shooting 65 percent in the second half.
The Sun Devils will face Marquette in Tuesday's championship game while the Wolfpack face No. 22 LSU in the consolation game.
Holder's basket became the decisive margin when Barber hit a layup through traffic with 6.1 seconds remaining, making it 78-76. Following a timeout, Gerry Blakes was fouled by Rowan with four seconds left and split a pair at the line.
After Arizona State called a 30-second timeout, Cody Martin threw a long pass from the baseline but it was broken up by a Sun Devils defender. Following a review, North Carolina State retained possession.
Cody Martin inbounded from in front of the North Carolina State bench and Barber missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
Before the dramatic finish, Arizona State took a 64-54 lead on a layup by Eric Jacobson with 8:44 remaining. North Carolina scored the next seven points, but 3 1/2 minutes later the lead was gone. The Wolfpack went on a 13-2 run and took a 67-66 lead on a layup by Lennard Freeman and neither team led by more than four until Holder's 3-pointer.