TEMPE, Ariz. — No. 18 Arizona State used a balanced effort to secure a thrilling comeback 80-76 victory over No. 1 Kansas Saturday night in Tempe.
Trailing by as many as 12 points late in the first half, the Sun Devils, playing in front of the third largest attended crowd in program history, rallied in the second period to hand the Jayhawks their first loss of the season.
Five Arizona State players, led by Rob Edwards, who scored 15 points (13 in the second half), scored in double figures on the night.
Lots of Support For Arizona State
Zylan Cheatham recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and Luguentz Dort ended with 13 points, five assists and four boards for ASU to downed Kansas for the second successive season.
Romello White added 11 points and Remy Martin finished with 10, including the decisive go-ahead bucket with under a minute to play, as the Sun Devils (9-2) improved to 6-0 at home this season.
“It felt great,” Martin said about his big-time basket. “It is a shot I’ve been working on my whole life, trying to perfect it.”
Lawson Effort Not Enough
Dedric Lawson led Kansas with a double-double of 30 points and 14 rebounds.
Lagerald Vick added 14 points and Devon Dotson finished with 12 points and five assists for the Jayhawks (10-1), who shot 42 percent from the field, but went just 7 of 28 from 3-point range.
With his team trailing 74-73 with a little over three minutes remaining, Edwards pulled up in transition to drill a three, which gave the Sun Devils their first lead of the night with 2:23 left.
Arizona State struggled to get going consistently on offense, but managed to hold Kansas without a field goal in the final 4:58 of regulation to help set up the win.
Big Win For Arizona State
The Sun Devils went on to secure their first win against a No. 1 seed since 1981 and first-ever in Tempe.http://gty.im/1063563432
“Well, that was one of the great sports moments of my life,” said ASU coach Bobby Hurley.
“I think we battled as hard as we could every possession, we went all in, they went all in, they gave everything they had tonight,” he added.
Kansas, which played without big man Udoka Azubuike, who was missing his fourth straight game due to an ankle injury, had plenty of chances to finish off the game, but didn’t.
“We didn’t finish down the stretch,” said Jayhawks coach Bill Self. “We did a really poor job of getting Edwards (ASU), I thought he was terrific.
“I mean, he was really the difference in the game because when we had control of the game, he basically single-handedly brought them back.”