Late Marreon Jackson bucket pushes Arizona State past Utah
Feb 26, 2022, 10:13 PM | Updated: Feb 27, 2022, 9:06 am
It’s not how you start, but how you finish.
The Arizona State Sun Devils escaped Salt Lake City on Saturday night with a 63-61 victory over the Utah Utes.
ASU can thank this final sequence of basketball after the Sun Devils watched their 10-point lead evaporate in the last five minutes:
— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) February 27, 2022
Arizona State guard Marreon Jackson’s game-winning layup was just his second bucket on the night. He finished with four points on 2-of-9 shooting, including 0-for-6 from 3.
ASU led by as much as 14 points in the second half, but a cold streak at the 5:45 mark saw the Sun Devils stuck at 59 points until 48 seconds were left in the ballgame.
Jay Heath hit four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and Jalen Graham scored 15 points for Arizona State (12-16, 8-10 Pac-12). Kimani Lawrence and Luther Muhammad added 10 points apiece.
Heath hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give ASU a 58-45 lead with 7:24 to play, but Utah (11-18, 4-15) scored 14 of the next 15 points to make it 59-59 when Branden Carlson hit a 3 with 1:14 to play.
Graham made two free throws to put the Sun Devils back in front, and Marco Anthony threw down a tying dunk with 28 seconds left before Jackson drove the left side of the lane and made a contested layup to cap the scoring with 6.2 seconds to go.
Rollie Worster missed a potential tying jumper in the closing seconds. Anthony led Utah with 19 points and Carlson scored 15.
– Arizona State guard D.J. Horne didn’t play due to a non-COVID-19-related illness.
– Sun Devils forward Kimani Lawrence earned his 133rd career appearance on Saturday night, the most in program history.
ASU hosts California on Thursday at 6 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.