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Arizona State beats Utah on late jumper for first win in a month

Field Level Media
18 Jan 2022, 09:40 GMT+10

Jalen Graham made a jump shot with four seconds remaining to give Arizona State a 64-62 win Monday over Utah in a Pac-12 game at Tempe, Ariz.

The Sun Devils (6-9, 2-3 Pac-12) ended a three-game losing streak, winning for the first time since beating Creighton on the road Dec. 14.

Kimani Lawrence had 18 points to lead Arizona State. DJ Horne added 13 points and Graham finished with 12, including two baskets in the last minute.

Utah (8-10, 1-7) has now lost six consecutive games.

The Utes were led by David Jenkins Jr.'s 14 points. Rollie Worster had 13 points and Dusan Mahorcic finished with 12.

Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley tried to mix things up for his struggling team and started freshman post player Enoch Boakye in place of senior point guard Marreon Jackson. Hurley started Horne at the point.

Jackson's 3-pointer with 1:38 left tied the game at 60. He finished with 10 points in 29 minutes.

After Worster missed a shot in the lane for Utah, Graham converted on a layup to give the Sun Devils a 62-60 lead with 56 seconds left. Jenkins made a jumper to tie the game at 62 with 26 seconds remaining.

Graham took an assist from Jackson and made the short-range jumper over a defender to put Arizona State ahead with four seconds left.

Utah's final attempt by Jenkins from about 12 feet was blocked by Jay Heath as time expired.

The game was close throughout the first half with neither team leading by more than five points.

Utah led 28-26 at halftime after Jenkins made a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Sun Devils opened a 39-33 lead with 13:22 remaining after going on an 8-0 run fueled by 3-pointers from Heath and Horne.

Utah rallied back and led 56-53 with 4:39 left off a Jenkins 3-pointer. Jenkins made 2 of 6 attempts from beyond the arc and his teammates were 3 of 14.

Utah shot 35.1 percent from the field while Arizona State made 41.5 percent of its shots.

The Sun Devils also struggled from 3-point range, making 7 of 26.

--Field Level Media

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