Arizona State’s Offense proves too much for Stanford
The fact that Stanford knocked the Arizona State football team out of the Rose Bowl in the fall gave Sun Devil fans more than enough reason to desire a victory against the Cardinal on the basketball court Wednesday night. And after two lackluster performances against Colorado and Utah following their upset victory over the University of Arizona, the Devils were hungry. They needed to be, if they wanted to keep hopes alive for a more promising postseason than previous years have warranted.
The student section was wild, enjoying every moment of the next-to-last home game of the season.
The Sun Devil basketball team gave them a reason to keep that enthusiasm with one of their best offensive games of the season. Fan favorite Jahii Carson played big, and this time not just for himself, but for his teammates as well. Carson was a key participant in several scoring plays with quick, smart decision-making and walked off the court with a home career high of 26 points and four assists. Jermaine Marshall stepped up with 16 points, making big moves on offense as well as defense.
Arizona State’s defense brought the hammer down on the Cardinal, holding the team to a total of four assists in 40 minutes of play. Stanford’s Chasson Randle was held to just two points in the second half before fouling out with 7:11 left in gameplay to the roaring cheers of ASU’s 942 Crew student section.
The win was a much-needed confidence boost for the Sun Devils as they head into the final stretch of the regular season. The student section is expected to be at Wells Fargo Arena in full force on Sunday for the last home game of the season as Arizona State takes on Cal. Expect a big game from seniors Jermaine Marshall, Shaquille McKissic, and Jordan Bachynski as they leave it all on the home court for the last time in the regular season.