Desmond Cambridge Jr. hit a 60-foot shot at the buzzer and Arizona State rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat No. 7 Arizona 89-88 on Saturday.
The Wildcats (24-5, 13-5 Pac-12) built a 10-point lead midway through the second half before going more than six minutes without a field goal as Arizona State pulled ahead by one.
The Sun Devils (20-9, 11-7) went up 86-85 on Warren Washington’s layup with just over a minute remaining, but Pelle Larsson put Arizona back on a layup with 29 seconds left.
Arizona State’s DJ Horne missed a jumper with four seconds left and the Sun Devils made one final shot after Oumar Ballo made 1-of-2 free throws.
Taking the ball with 2.4 seconds left, Cambridge sent the McKale Center fans into a daze, unleashing a shot from beyond halfcourt that sent his teammates charging to the floor in celebration.
Cambridge finished with 21 points to give the Sun Devils a big boost in their bid to make the NCAA Tournament.
Arizona State upsets No. 7 Arizona
Cedric Henderson Jr. led Arizona with 19 points and Azuoulas Tubelis added 17.
In the first meeting, Arizona State went on a big run to open the second half, but Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd didn’t call a timeout, letting his team play through adversity. The Wildcats responded with a run of their own for a 69-60 victory on a night in which neither team shot better than 37 percent.
The rematch was all about attack.
The Sun Devils made as many 3-pointers in the first eight minutes as they did in the entire first game and shot 20-for-34 from the floor to take a 46-45 lead.
The Wildcats hit 16 of 27 shots, including Henderson’s 3, but made 7 of 14 free throws.
The good shot faded only slightly to start the second half.
Arizona went on a short run to build a six-point lead and the Sun Devils started making questionable shots, allowing the Wildcats to pull it to 78-68.
Even after turning up the defensive pressure to get back into it, Arizona State appeared to be down, until Cambridge came to the rescue.
Cambridge’s incredible shot sparked a lot of reaction on social media:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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