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ASU upsets No. 2 Arizona

Sat., Feb. 15, 2014

Arizona State players and fans celebrate upset. (Associated Press)
Arizona State players and fans celebrate upset. (Associated Press)

Wildcats can’t deal with poor offense

TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona had been able to get way with occasional nights when the 3-pointers and free throws were not falling.

Even with the kind defense the Wildcats play, it wasn’t enough against their biggest rival.

Second-ranked Arizona kept Arizona State close with its defense, but couldn’t overcome another poor shooting night in a 69-66 loss to the Sun Devils on Friday.

Arizona shot 4 of 16 from 3-point range and 16 of 30 on free throws, negating a 54-35 advantage in rebounds, including 18 on the offensive glass.

Arizona State (19-6, 8-4 Pac-12) won it by turning to Jermaine Marshall and relying on Jordan Bachynski.

Marshall, who missed the first game against Arizona, went over 20 minutes without a field goal, but made a pair of 3-pointers in the second overtime, then scored on a drive with 14 seconds left to put the Sun Devils up 67-66. He had eight of his 29 points in the second overtime.

Arizona (23-2, 10-2) didn’t call a timeout and got the ball into the hands of McConnell for a final shot.

The Wildcats’ point guard hit some big shots throughout the game, but his final attempt was sent back by Bachynski, leading to a breakaway dunk by Jahii Carson that sent the fans pouring onto the court.

One problem: There was still time left on the clock. Less than a second, but enough for the Wildcats to get off a good shot.

Nick Johnson got a good one, too. It hit the rim and bounced away, though.

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