Arizona State survived and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 Pac-12 Tournament by defeating the Stanford Cardinal, 89-88, in overtime on Wednesday afternoon. Jahii Carson was unstoppable for the Sun Devils, pouring in a game-high 34 points on 14 of 22 shooting and coming up with ASU's only two field goals in overtime to propel his team to victory.
The Sun Devils jumped out to an early lead behind Carrick Felix's quick 10 points and seven rebounds, building its advantage to 28-19 with 8:46 to play in the first half. Stanford would not go away, as it went on a run to pull within 35-33 at the break.
Arizona State would maintain the lead throughout the second half, fending off every Cardinal run to stay on top. Things tightened up at the end as Stanford's Aaron Bright knocked down a three to pull his team within one at 66-55.
Carson would answer by doing what he does best. The freshman burned his man to the bucket on two-straight possessions to extend his team's advantage to five at 70-65. The point guard would end his day with a 34points on 14 of 22 shooting.
A Dwight Powell bucket was then answered by another Carson bucket, this time a three, to all but put the game away for the Sun Devils. Stanford would be forced to play the foul game the rest of the way, but was again able to pull within two points at 77-75 after an awkward back-iron dead spot three-pointer from Josh Huestis.
After Jonathan Gilling hit two free throws, things got crazy. On the ensuing possession, Bright buried his sixth three of the day in the process of getting fouled by Gilling. He would hit the free throw to complete the four-point play and tie the game for the first time since 16:42 left in the second half. Bright finished with a team-high 27 points on 10 of 20 from the field.
Carson's attempt at a game-winning three rolled off and Stanford secured the rebound to send the game into an improbable overtime.
The ASU star would get more chances to hit big shots, and he would deliver. Carson hit a three to give his team its first points of the overtime period at 82-81, then would drive and score on another layup on the next possession.
Arizona State moves on to face UCLA on Thursday.