Mountain Hawks beat Sun Devils 84-81 in 3OT

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kahron Ross had 15 points and 14 assists, Austin Price added 18 points and Lehigh outlasted Arizona State 84-81 in triple overtime Saturday night.

Lehigh (5-5) controlled the first half and pushed the lead 14 points in the second before Arizona State (6-5) rallied to force overtime.

Ross hit a jumper with 9 seconds left in the second overtime and the Mountain Hawks had to withstand last-second shot attempts by Arizona State at the end of regulation and each overtime.

Jonathan Gilling had the last one after Brandon Alston hit 1 of 2 free throws, but his 3-pointer was off the mark.

Lehigh's Tim Kempton finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out early in the second overtime.

Savon Goodman had 24 points and Chance Murray, who missed three potential game-winning shots, finished with 17 for Arizona State, which had won 14 straight home games.

Lehigh bounced back from its trouncing by Quinnipiac on Thursday by frustrating the Sun Devils on their home floor early.

The Mountain Hawks rotated well defensively to help to create some of Arizona State's 13 first-half turnovers and shot confidently, making 6 of 13 from 3-point range to build 32-24 lead.

Lehigh kept up the pressure to start the second half, going up 50-36 on Kempton's three-point play on a pick-and-roll midway through.

Arizona State finally fought back after that.

Triggered by their pressing defense, the Sun Devils scored 11 straight points, pulling within 50-47 on Jon Gilling's second 3-pointer of the run.

Lehigh pushed the lead back up to seven, only to struggle with Arizona State's havoc-creating full-court press.

After tying the game in the final minute, Arizona State had a shot to win it at the end of regulation, but Murray's jumper came up short. Murray also missed on drives to close out the first two overtimes.



Lehigh: The Mountain Hawks were much better on the glass after being dominated by Quinnipiac, outrebounding Arizona State 48-44. Quinnipiac had a 53-30 advantage on Thursday, including 27 offensive rebounds.

Arizona State: The Sun Devils played two three-overtime games previously: Against Texas A&M in 1998 and UCLA in 1981, both wins. ... Arizona State hit 15 of 29 free throws.


Lehigh: Plays at University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Dec. 28.

Arizona State hosts Detroit on Tuesday.

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