Arizona State gets upset by Colorado on the road, drops to 0-2 in PAC-12 play
By Andrew Bell // Men’s Basketball Beat Writer for Blaze Sports
BOULDER, COLO — After going 12-0 in non-conference play, the ASU men’s basketball team fell in a 90-81 upset in overtime at the hands of the Colorado Buffaloes on Thursday night and is now 0-2 to start PAC-12 play.
The No. 4 ranked Sun Devils entered the Coors Events Center on Thursday night and got off to a rampant start. The Sun Devils got out to an 11-0 lead and it looked as if they were going to cruise.
However, Colorado scraped its way back into the game. At the half, the Buffs trailed 34-29 and were holding ASU to 38 percent from the field.
ASU was 9-34 from the beyond the arc on the night, marking back-to-back games that the Sun Devils have shot under 40 percent from the three-point line.
For the second game in a row, ASU had a rough night shooting the basketball. ASU senior guard Shannon Evans II was 3-14 from the field and Evans II is now 6-28 in his last two games.
Despite a tough night from the field, the senior guard finished the game with 11 points by getting into the lane in the second half. Evans II was 5-6 from the free throw line.
As for Evans II senior counterparts in the backcourt, Kodi Justice finished the game with 16 points and Tra Holder led all scorers with 24 points on 8-20 shooting.
Last year, Colorado took part in upsets that included knocking off No. 10 Oregon and No.13 Xavier. The Buffaloes have had a history of upsetting nationally ranked opponents on their home floor, and that trend continued on Thursday.
Midway through the second half, Colorado went on a 13-2 run en route to the team’s first victory in Pac-12 play.
In addition to the second half spurt, the Buffs were able to get ASU in foul trouble. Sophomore forward Mickey Mitchell played with four fouls throughout the second half, and he eventually checked out of the game in overtime along with Holder.
Mitchell finished Thursday’s game with eight points and 10 rebounds, and he sent the game to overtime following an offensive rebound that he put back in off of a missed three-pointer.
Nevertheless, Colorado capped off the overtime on a 7-0 run and sealed the victory. The Buffaloes bench outscored ASU’s 38-12, and CU scored 16 points in overtime.
Freshman guard McKinley Wright dropped 19 points and five assists in the win, and the floor was stormed in Boulder.
ASU is now 12-2 overall and 0-2 in Pac-12 play. Whether or not the loss will affect ASU’s resume in March has yet to be determined, but the Sun Devils will have to respond quickly with another tough conference matchup with Utah looming on Sunday night.
While the game might affect ASU’s ranking in the next AP poll, there is still a lot of basketball left to be played in a legitimate Pac-12 conference.
Tipoff between ASU and Utah is set for Sunday, Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. MST.
Andrew Bell is one of Blaze Radio’s beat writers for ASU Men’s Basketball. You can reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewBell7 .