LAS VEGAS (AP) — James Keefe capped a double-double by cashing in a short jumper at the buzzer as ninth-seeded Stanford closed the game on a 16-1 run to shock eighth-seeded Arizona State 71-70 in the Pac-12 Conference tournament opener Thursday.
Stanford will face second-seeded Arizona on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Spencer Jones made a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left to bring Stanford back to 70-69 and the Cardinal chose not to foul. Stanford freshman star Harrison Ingram bounced off Jalen Graham’s missed 10-footer with nine seconds left and made his way to the court, but the ball was stripped as he spun in the way. Keefe picked up the loose ball, rose and his float, released with half a second remaining, came off the backboard, off the front of the rim and off the backboard again before going through, giving Stanford a unlikely victory.
Jones hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 26 points for the Cardinals (16-15), who had lost five straight and seven of eight. Keefe had 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting and 10 rebounds, and Brandon Angel added 15 points.
Arizona State (14-17), which had won four in a row and seven of eight, including a 65-56 win over the Cardinal to close out the regular season, lost despite the tournament-record 15 3-point shots.
DJ Horne led the way with five 3s and 21 points, Marreon Jackson added 14 points with three 3s and Jay Heath had four 3s for 12 points.
A 3-pointer from Alonza Gaffney put the Sun Devils up 50-33 with 13:35 left. Angel had nine points in a 13-3 run to put the Cardinal within seven at 7:47. But the final two 3s and Kimani Lawrence’s ad unk took the Sun Devils back to the top 69-55 with three minutes remaining.
Keefe started an 11-0 run that featured three missed free throws, two being the front end of one and one, two turnovers, one shot missed by ASU.
A Jackson free throw with 56 seconds remaining gave ASU a 70-66 lead.
The Sun Devils finished 15 of 28 on 3-pointers, tying the tournament record set by Stanford against Arizona State in an overtime game in 2013. He also tied ASU’s season-high with 11 shots from less, but the Sun Devils were 11 of 33 inside the arc. and just 3 of 7 from the foul line, all in the second half.
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