Rochestie’s three wins it
PULLMAN — Taylor Rochestie’s long 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left in overtime lifted Washington State to a 51-49 upset of No. 14 Arizona State on Saturday.
Washington State (16-13, 8-9 Pac-10) got the ball with 12 seconds left on a rebound and Rochestie drove up the floor. He dribbled into a tangle of players at the top of the key, took a few steps back and launched the game-winning shot.
Ty Abbott’s 40-foot desperation shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim and Arizona State (21-7, 10-6) dropped its second consecutive game.
Washington State fans stormed the floor to celebrate the team’s third straight win, plus a season sweep of the Sun Devils.
Arizona State’s James Harden struggled all game, but made three free throws with 2.4 seconds left to tie the game at 43 and send it into overtime.
Derek Glasser’s 3-pointer put ASU up 46-43 in the extra period. But Harden fouled out on WSU’s subsequent possession with 3:26 left. The Pacific-10’s leading scorer finished with 13 points on 2-for-11 shooting.
Klay Thompson missed the free throw after Harden’s foul, but Aron Baynes dunked the rebound to cut ASU’s lead to one.
After an Arizona State miss, Rochestie was fouled and made one of two to tie it at 46. Glasser missed and Rochestie was fouled on the rebound, making both free throws for a 48-46 Washington State lead.
Glasser’s long 3-pointer gave ASU a 49-48 lead with 1:22 remaining, setting up Rochestie’s game-winner.
Arizona State was coming off an overtime loss at Washington.
Washington State had beaten UCLA and Arizona the previous two games, and closes the regular season next week at Washington.
In a battle of two of the best defenses in the nation, Arizona State led just 23-20 at halftime. Washington State took control early in the second half.
Harden, the Pac-10’s leading scorer at 21 points per game, did not make a field goal until his 3-pointer with 5:13 left in regulation brought the Sun Devils within 38-35. Glasser’s 3-pointer tied it a minute later.
WSU’s Baynes and DeAngelo Casto scored for a 42-38 lead.
Rihards Kuksiks made a layup to bring Arizona State within 42-40. Baynes made a free throw for a 43-40 lead.
Harden missed on a drive, Casto rebounded, and Arizona State fouled Rochestie.
But Rochestie, a 90 percent free throw shooter, missed the free throw and ASU rebounded. The ball got to Harden, who was fouled on a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left.