TEMPE, Ariz. --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.
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) but missed twice in the final seconds. Jarred DuBois added 12 points, including a 3-pointer that put Utah up 54-53 with 39 seconds to play.
Ruslan Pateev, in the game when Bachynski left with a leg cramp, made a rebound basket to put Arizona State ahead 53-52 in the overtime, then set the screen that freed Carson for the game-winning layup.
Washburn's three-point play put the Utes ahead 47-46 with 1:37 to play in regulation and, after Carson lost control on a drive to the basket for a turnover, Jordan Loveridge's two free throws put Utah ahead 49-46 with 1:15 to go.
Arizona State failed to get off a decent shot in the final seconds, sending the game into overtime.
The first game pitting the Bachynski brothers, Arizona State's 7-foot-2 junior Jordan and Utah's 7-foot sophomore Dallin, had an interesting start.
Shortly after entering the game, Dallin got his older brother to go for a pump fake, then slipped around him for a dunk that put the Utes ahead 15-9. But the younger Bachynski never scored again, limited by foul trouble to just six minutes.
* BYU'S HAWS OFF TO FAST START FOLLOWING MISSION: A year ago, Tyler Haws was out of basketball, except for the occasional pick-up game in the Philippines, where Filipinos would automatically deem the 6-foot-5 "giant" their center.
Now back at Brigham Young, the sophomore guard is coming up big in a different way -- with impressive numbers for a returning missionary.
His 42 points Saturday against Virginia Tech were the most by a BYU player not named Jimmer since Bob Skousen had 47 in 1961, and the highest output by a Cougar sophomore in school history.
BYU certainly will be counting on him, especially with the Cougars (10-4) opening West Coast Conference play tonight at the Marriott Center against Loyola Marymount (7-6) and with big man Brandon Davies nursing a high-ankle sprain.
That Haws has found his rhythm so quickly after being gone for two years is testament to the plan he, his father and coaches laid out upon his return.
"He said I'm going to take this thing at a good pace but not a break-neck pace," father Marty Haws recalled. "That's why I give him credit. The pre-mission Tyler wouldn't have been able to do that. He would have been going 90 mph and trying to do it all. We said you don't have to be ready in two months, you have to be ready in six."
After 14 games, Haws etched his name in the BYU record books for scoring.
He passed his father, who was 10th all-time with 40 points in a single game.
The 42 he finished with against Virginia Tech tied him for eighth all-time with Jimmer Fredette, who also holds the BYU single-game record with 52.
* AGGIES CONTINUE WAC PLAY AT HOME: Utah State is in its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, and faces its third league newcomer in a row, hosting Seattle tonight before hosting old conference foe Idaho on Saturday to cap a busy stretch of four games in a week. The Aggies are 10-1 on the season.
The Redhawks bring a 5-6 overall and 0-1 WAC ledger after losing their inaugural WAC game, 71-64, at home to Idaho. Junior forward Clarence Trent leads Seattle with an 11.1 ppg average and is second on the team and 13th in the WAC with 5.8 rpg.