Arizona State rallies late to beat last-place USC 64-59Posted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Tra Holder and Jonathan Gilling both sank 3-pointers in the final two minutes and Arizona State rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to pull out a 64-59 victory over USC on Sunday night.
Holder's 3 tied it at 56-56 with 1:59 to play and Gilling's put the Sun Devils (15-12, 7-7 Pac-12) ahead for good 59-56 with 42 seconds remaining.
The Trojans (10-17, 2-13) led 51-41 after Kahil Dukes' jumper with 9:53 remaining before Arizona State took control with a late 12-0 run.
Dukes scored a career-high 18 to lead USC, equaling his total for the entire season going into the game.
USC was without its usual starting backcourt after shooting guard Katin Reinhard was sent home for violating team rules. Point guard Jordan McLaughlin missed his third straight game with a shoulder injury.
Gerry Blakes led Arizona State with 12 points. Bo Barnes added 11 for the Sun Devils, who have won four of five to climb to .500 in the conference after starting the Pac-12 season 0-4. Holder and Shaquielle McKissic added 10 apiece. Elijah Stewart scored 11 points for USC.
Arizona State outscored the Trojans 23-8 over the final 9 1/2 minutes, 14-3 over the last four.
The Sun Devils won despite shooting 32.8 percent (19 of 58). USC, 0-8 on the road in the Pac-12, shot 45.5 percent (25 of 55).
The difference was at the foul line, where the Sun Devils made 20 of 26 and the Trojans 3 of 5.
Holder's 3-pointer was his only field goal of the game. Gilling had made 1 of 6 3-pointers before making the one to put Arizona State ahead.
USC used a 13-2 run to go up 43-35 on one of Dukes' four 3-pointers with 13:45 to play, and then stretched it to that 10-point advantage.
USC: Katin Reinhardt, a shooting guard, tied the school record for most 3s in a game when he hit nine against Colorado. Reinhardt and McLaughlin average a combined 24 points.
Arizona St.: The 1974-75 and 1994-95 NCAA tournament teams were honored at halftime. The Sun Devils have won 21 of their last 24 home games. Arizona State was 3 of 24 on 3s before making two of its last three.
USC: Plays Washington State at home on Wednesday night.
Arizona St.: at Utah on Thursday night.