LAS VEGAS — The Pac-12 Conference men's basketball tournament started with an overtime game Wednesday at its new site, the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Ninth-seeded Arizona State beat eighth-seeded Stanford, 89-88, to earn a spot Thursday at noon against top-seeded UCLA.
The Sun Devils (21-11) regrouped after Stanford (18-14) used a 7-2 run in the final 1 minute 3 seconds of regulation to tie the score. Guard Aaron Bright tied a Cardinal record with six three-point baskets. On his last one, with 41 seconds to play in regulation, he was fouled and made the free throw to tie the score, 79-79.
But in the extra period, Arizona State freshman Jahii Carson made a three-pointer with 2:09 left that gave the Sun Devils the lead for good.
Bright finished with 27 points and Carson had 34.
Colorado 74, Oregon State 68: Colorado won four games in four days to become the surprise winner of this tournament last year. After a strong performance on defense in the second half against Oregon State, they have three more to go this season.