Arizona State freshman Jahii Carson sank a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, then made a driving layup with 35 seconds left for what proved to be the game-winner in the Sun Devils' 55-54 victory over Utah in the teams' Pac-12 opener on Wednesday night in Tempe, Ariz.
Carson was just 5-of-18 shooting, 1 of 6 on 3s but made the two biggest baskets in a slow-paced contest that saw neither team lead by more than six points. Carrick Felix had 17 points and 16 rebounds, Carson scored 15, and Jordan Bachynski had 14 points for the Sun Devils (12-2). Jason Washburn had 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Utes (8-5). Jarred DuBois added 12 points, including a 3-pointer that put Utah up 54-53 with 39 seconds to play.
Duke 67, Davidson 50: Ryan Kelly scored 18 points to help top-ranked Duke (13-0) remain unbeaten with a road win over Davidson (7-6). Seth Curry, playing in his hometown against older brother Stephen's alma mater, had a rough night, finishing with six points on 3-of-11 shooting.
Syracuse 78, Rutgers 53: Jim Boeheim notched his 903rd career victory, breaking a tie with Bob Knight for second all-time among Division I men's coaches, and No. 7 Syracuse (13-1) rolled past Rutgers (9-3). Syracuse has beaten Rutgers 13 straight times.
Ohio State 70, Nebraska 44: Deshaun Thomas outscored Nebraska in the first half 18-17 and finished with 22 points to lead No. 8 Ohio State (11-2) past the Cornhuskers (9-5) in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 17 points for Ohio State, which won its 15th consecutive Big Ten home opener.
Purdue 68, No. 11 Illinois 61: Terone Johnson scored a career-high 25 points, and D.J. Byrd spurred a key 19-3 second-half run to send host Purdue past No. 11 Illinois in the Big 10 openers for both teams. The Boilermakers (7-6) are above .500 for the first time this season and have won eight straight over the Fighting Illini (13-2). Brandon Paul with 15 points and Joseph Bertrand with 14 for Illinois, which suffered its eighth straight conference loss on the road.
Creighton 79, Illinois St. 72: Junior forward Ethan Wragge was 6 of 9 from 3-point range for his 18 points to lead No. 16 Creighton (13-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference) victory over host Illinois State (9-5, 0-2).