Martin’s career-high 31 leads Sun Devils past Arizona
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Remy Martin scored a career-high 31 points, eight in overtime, and Arizona State ended a six-game losing streak against arch-rival Arizona with a 95-88 victory over the Wildcats on Thursday night.
Rob Edwards added 19 points for the Sun Devils (15-6, 6-3 Pac-12) in Bobby Hurley’s first win over Sean Miller’s Wildcats since becoming the Arizona State coach four seasons ago. Zylan Cheatham had 11 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, two games after grabbing 20 boards at UCLA.
Ryan Luther and Justin Coleman scored 19 apiece and Kyle Randolph 17 for the Wildcats (14-8, 5-4), who have lost three straight. Arizona was without guard Brandon Williams with an ankle injury.
Arizona State scored the first seven points of the overtime, Martin’s 3-pointer putting the Sun Devils ahead 90-83 with 3:08 to play. Arizona never got closer than four again.
Arizona State led most of the first half and through the early stages of the second but never by much.
White’s dunk capped a 6-0 spurt that put Arizona State up 34-27 with 44 seconds left in the half. Coleman and Luther each sank a 3 in the waning second of the half to cut the Sun Devils’ lead to 36-33 at the break.
Rumello White’s dunk, followed by Martin’s 3-pointer, gave Arizona State its biggest lead, 44-35, with 18:52 left.
But the Wildcat used a 10-2 run to get back into it, Coleman’s’ 3-pointer cut it to 46-45 with 16:31 left.
Arizona took its first lead since the opening minutes on Randolph’s running bank shot that gave Arizona a 61-59 lead 8:13 remaining and Luther’s second 3 of the half put Arizona ahead 67-61. Martin brought the Sun Devils back, sinking consecutive 3s and scoring on a reverse layup in traffic to put Arizona State ahead 73-72 and Cheatham’s dunk had Arizona State up 75-72 with 3:20 left.
The teams traded baskets from there before Coleman’s 3 tied it at 83-83 with 24 seconds left and the game headed to overtime.
The Sun Devils desperately needed this one to stay relevant in the Pac-12 with Washington coming to town next week. And Arizona State did most of the damage from the guard spot. Martin and Edwards were a combined 12-for-23 from the field, 8-for-13 on 3s.
Arizona welcomed the return of Chase Jeter, who missed the two losses in Los Angeles with a sore back, but couldn’t come up with the big plays it needed in the overtime in the loud, packed Wells Fargo Arena. Unlike previous years, the crowd was not dominated by Arizona fans.
Arizona: Wildcats host Pac-12 leader Washington on Thursday night.
Arizona State: Sun Devils look for their fifth victory in six games when they host Washington on Thursday night.