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ASU falls to Stanford at buzzer despite Pac-12 Tournament record 15 3s

Mar 9, 2022, 3:27 PM | Updated: 8:50 pm
Arizona State's Kimani Lawrence (4) drives against Stanford's Max Murrell (10) during the first hal...

Arizona State's Kimani Lawrence (4) drives against Stanford's Max Murrell (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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The Arizona State Sun Devils’ basketball season is over.

Despite tying a Pac-12 Tournament record 15 3-pointers, ASU fell to the Stanford Cardinal 71-70 on a buzzer-beater in the first round on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

The Sun Devils led 69-55 with just over three minutes to go in the ballgame, but a 16-1 run by Stanford completed the comeback.

“It’s tough for my kids, they’ve really been playing well the last few weeks,” ASU head coach Bobby Hurley told reporters postgame.

“I thought we controlled most of the game and played a winning game, but just didn’t finish. Now you have to pay the price for it and that’s kind of what March is. So it’s a tough ending to our season.”

Arizona State shooting an abysmal 43% (3-for-7) from the free-throw line on the day only aided the Cardinal’s win.

“I think it took this type of game for us to lose, so it makes you wonder what might have been if we could have gotten this done today,” Hurley added.

ASU shot an impressive 54% from beyond the arc, going 15-for-28 from deep.

Sun Devils guard D.J. Horne led the team with 21 points, 15 of which came via five 3-point makes on 12 attempts (42%).

Arizona State guards Jay Heath and Marreon Jackson also each hit four and three 3-pointers, respectively, to each finish in double figures.

The Sun Devils also got a big contribution from the bench with 19 points, 14 of which came from Jackson.

ASU’s all-time appearances leader Kimani Lawrence had this emphatic slam in his final Pac-12 Tournament contest:

“I’m going to miss it,” Lawrence told reporters postgame while holding back tears. “Competing with Coach Hurley and my teammates over the last few years were some of the greatest years of my life, and ups and downs I’ve been through.

“And just wish I could have did more today and helped the team out a little more.”

Arizona State's Kimani Lawrence (4) drives around Stanford's Harrison Ingram (55) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Arizona State's Marreon Jackson (3) drives against Stanford during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Stanford in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Stanford's Maxime Raynaud (42) drives into Arizona State's Jalen Graham (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Stanford's Spencer Jones (14) reacts after scoring against Arizona State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Stanford's Harrison Ingram, left, and Arizona State's Jalen Graham (2) battle for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Arizona State's Marreon Jackson (3) shoots over Stanford's Harrison Ingram (55) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Arizona State's Jalen Graham (2) knocks the ball away from Stanford's Maxime Raynaud (42) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Arizona State's Kimani Lawrence (4) battles for a rebound with Stanford's Harrison Ingram (55) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Arizona State's Kimani Lawrence (4) drives against Stanford's Max Murrell (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Stanford's Brandon Angel (23) shoots against Arizona State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Stanford's James Keefe (22) dunks against Arizona State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Stanford's James Keefe (22) celebrates after making a game-winning shot in the final seconds during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona State in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Stanford's James Keefe, left, celebrates after making a game-winning shot in the final seconds during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona State in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Stanford's James Keefe (22) shoots a game-winning shot against Arizona State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Stanford players celebrate after defeating Arizona State in an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Stanford players celebrate after defeating against Arizona State in an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Arizona State's Alonzo Gaffney (32) and Stanford's James Keefe (22) battle for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) From left, Arizona State's Jalen Graham (2), Stanford's Brandon Angel (23) and Harrison Ingram (55) battle for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Stanford's James Keefe (22) guards Arizona State's Luther Muhammad (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Arizona State's Alonzo Gaffney (32) holds his head after a play against Stanford during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Stanford's James Keefe (22) shoots against Arizona State's Enoch Boakye (14) and Alonzo Gaffney (32) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Arizona State's Jalen Graham (2) and Stanford's James Keefe (22) scramble for the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Stanford's James Keefe (22) dives for the ball against Arizona State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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