It’ll show up as a win in the standings, the 18th of the season in fact, but the Arizona State Sun Devils were rather fortunate to end up on the right side of Saturday’s Pac-12 clash with the visiting Oregon Ducks.
Despite holding a 20-plus-point lead in the second half, ASU had to fight and claw its way to a second straight win and fifth in its last six games, as Jordan Bachynski led the way to a gut-wrenching 74-72 victory over Oregon.
Here’s a look back at the two-point win by the numbers:
Even in a winning effort, the Sun Devils had their struggles from three-point range, as they finished 3-of-15 from downtown.
ASU moved to 5-1 since Herb Sendek inserted Eric Jacobsen into the starting lineup for Jonathan Gilling.
Jahii Carson set a new career-high and it had nothing to do with scoring the basketball. ASU’s sophomore guard was active on the glass against Oregon, setting a personal best with 10 boards. He also had 11 points and six rebounds.
Coming into the afternoon affair, Oregon was averaging 75.4 points per game in Pac-12 play. ASU held the Ducks to a season-low 23 points in the first half.
Speaking of career highs, ASU center Jordan Bachynski set his own personal best Saturday, scoring 26 points to go along with nine rebounds. Of his 26 points, 18 came in the first half.
After being held scoreless in the first half, Oregon junior Joseph Young had 29 points over the final 20 minutes. His 29 points were a game-high.
Sendek’s squad held a 21-point advantage in the second half, yet managed to fall behind 61-59 with 4:50 remaining after Oregon reeled off a 34-11 run.
The Sun Devils put former center Alton Lister’s No. 53 jersey in the Wells Fargo Arena rafters during a halftime ceremony Saturday. Lister was AP All-American honorable mention his senior year (1980-81), as he averaged 15.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Lister became the second former Sun Devil to be honored this season.
Fresh off setting the all-time Pac-12 blocked shots record, Bachynski added to his total with a season-high nine swats Saturday, including a pivotal one in the waning moments to preserve the two-point victory. It was the senior’s second game-winning block of the season.
ASU swept back-to-back home series in Pac-12 play for the first time since knocking off Oregon and Oregon State and UCLA and UCLA in Feb. and March 2010.