ASU men's basketball outlasts Stanford to advance in the Pac-12 Tournament

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But there are also some unheralded players in the Pac-12 tournament who could be X-factors in determining how things play out at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and make a bigger name for themselves while sharing the spotlight with the stars.

The Pac-12 Tournament tips off Wednesday in Las Vegas, with top four seeds Oregon, Arizona, UCLA, and Utah each earning first round byes. Oleka, the occasional beneficiary, had a career-high 27 points and 13 rebounds. Three more games will be completed on Wednesday, with those Pac-12 tournament scores dictating which schools advance to the quarterfinals. "It felt like we were playing with a 15-pound weight vest on our backs, and we found a way to get a win and now we can move forward".

Still, Altman knows that this team understands what's on the line. "It was a tribute to how they've been competing and battling this whole Pac-12 season", said Hurley. ASU almost matched OR in every offensive category during their last game, shooting 41.9% with OR shooting 43.9 percent and going 33.3 percent from the three-point line against Oregon's 34.8 percent.

Graham was the top scorer in the first half with 16, going 4 of 6 from 3-point. The other semifinal match will likely be between UCLA and Arizona, and both will be looking to prove itself as the best team in the Pac-12.

The first half didn't start out so easy for OR, with the team shooting 36.7 percent in the opening twenty minutes. The Sun Devils led by 14, but Travis led Stanford back, scoring 15 points to pull the Cardinal within 50-42 at halftime. He also posted 21 points and 17 boards in a win over city rival Seattle U. They play with confidence.

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Stanford would take advantage of ASU's offensive dry spell as it accounted for the final three baskets of regulation - the last of which by Michael Humphrey as the shot clock buzzer went off with four seconds remaining - to tie the game at 81-81 and force overtime. His long range shot continues to be impressive as OR makes the post season push. Rebounding against the bigs of OR will the key for the Sun Devils. The Sun Devils haven't necessarily been sticking with the other teams during their most recent defeats, but I think they'll be highly motivated here and bag a cover in a game that could be a lot closer than some people think.

"To recover (from losing the lead), and to, again, step up the way the guys did in overtime was great", Hurley said. He's [Pac-12] Player of the Year so we respect him. So, like, everyone was making plays. That makes the Beavers the longest shot of any Division I team in its respective tournament. I believe in them. How many teams have proven to us that they have the talent and skill set to win six consecutive games?

ASU started the game on fire offensively as it hit 60 percent of its shots in the first 20 minutes. That leaves the winners of the two night games in the first round to play Arizona and UCLA on Day 2. The double-double is his 16th of the season, the most for a Sun Devil since the program joined the conference in 1978.

And let's say the Pac-12 tournament victor looks good ... that it looks the part of a No. 1 seed. Holder's off-balance 3-point attempt bounced off the rim as time expired, sending the game into overtime.

Arizona State had given OR all it could when it made the trip to Eugene, losing 71-70 in a game that had 15 lead changes and nine ties.

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