Arizona State loses as final shot fails to fall at USC

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

LOS ANGELES — The Arizona State men’s basketball team had one last chance to further its cause for the NCAA postseason. The opponent came in the form of a USC team ahead of ASU in most projections with the benefit of playing on its home floor, making the game all the more important.

It was the Trojans further cementing their situation and the Sun Devils falling further off the bubble as USC prevailed 68-65 Saturday night in the regular season finale for both teams at the Galen Center. ASU had a chance to tie the game in its last possession but a 3-pointer by D.J. Horne rimmed out as the buzzer sounded.

The outcome means Sun Devils (20-11, 11-9) will be the No. 6 seed for the conference tournament which begins on Wednesday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Their opponent will be No. 11 Oregon State, who they have defeated twice although the games were close. It will be the last of four games on the day, starting at 9:30 (MT).

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