Arizona State men’s basketball lost its first contest of the season 67-66 in overtime Sunday afternoon at the 2022 SWAC champion in Texas Southern
ASU received a career-high 23 points from Frankie Collins. Warren Washington also became the first Sun Devil with a double-double this season, recording 10 points with 14 rebounds, a career-high on the glass.
- Texas Southern was held without a basket from 11:04-7:11 in the first half and 1-7 from the floor
- The Sun Devils ended a 9-0 run with a Horne triple at 7:53 in the first half
- Devan Cambridge hit a personal 5-0 run in :23 seconds with a three-pointer and an alley-oop in under four minutes to play, giving ASU a five-lead lead
- Frankie Collins scored nine consecutive Sun Devil points in 3:13 to put ASU ahead 43-37 with 10:21 to play in the second half
- Texas Southern went on a 6-0 run early in overtime and sealed the win with a tip-in at :04 in five-minute overtime.
Arizona State forced Texas Southern to start just 2-5 from the floor in the opening minutes of the game, including a rejection by Alfonzo Gafney with 16:43 left. Warren Washington continued ASU’s paint protection with another stiff block at 14:42 left.
As of 1:41, Arizona State held Texas Southern scoreless for 2:37, including a 1-7 mark from the floor and three turnovers during the stretch.
Collins flew into the paint at 9:27 for a layup and leveled the game at 10 before Washington and Desmond Cambridge smashed into the under eight media timeout at 8:00 for a 4-0 Sun Devil run. At 1:27, Texas Southern went 0-3 off the floor with two turnovers as ASU shot forward.
Horne hit a three-pointer from the right corner at 7:53 to extend Sun Devil’s advantage to a seven, ASU’s first three-pointer of the game.
Over the final 6:02 of the first half, the Sun Devils took the lead with an 11-7 scoring margin to put them four points ahead before the break. Texas Southern was held only 6-21 from the ground and 1-5 from long range in the first half. ASU also led in sales, points from sales and steals.
Texas Southern started the second half with an 8-0 run through the first 1:43, forcing a timeout from Sun Devil.
ASU quickly countered and made an 11-1 scoring streak of their own, starting a fastbreak bucket from Muhammed and a midrange from Horne, and putting the game into the U16 media timeout, tied by 33.
Collins then began his own personal mission. He went after his own 9-0 run from 12:53 to 9:40 in the game. It started with a rushing layup and an aggressive throwdown with an 11:14 onset to give the Sun Devils a six, 40-34 lead. He then hit in his first three of the game to take him to 11 points with 10:21 left.
In a tie, Horne missed a game winner with :08 left and sent the game into overtime.
The Sun Devils started overtime with a Washington alley-oop dunk at 4:44 to play in the five minutes before a Texas Southern Trey on next possession. Washington’s slam gave him the first Sun Devil double-double of the season.
A 6-0 run past 2:15 gave Texas Southern a 63-59 lead, with 2-29 in overtime before a nice and one-bucket from Collins put him to 19 points and the Sun Devils within one.
Texas Southern took the lead with a tip-in with less than five seconds left.
In the second half…
“I think the dynamic shifted when Henry was making shots. It gave you some confidence. Our shots just didn’t fall, so it was the perfect storm. They did a great job of not giving up and retiring.”
About Austin Nunez and Frankie Collins…
“I liked Austin Nunez’s game. Coming off the bench as a rookie I thought he would be a real spark for us and hit some big shots. As Texas Southern got their run early in the second half, we went to our bench and Austin had a good answer for us. Frankie Collins has had some late-night moments out there, ticking the boxes in many categories.
- Collins’ 23 points is a career-high, the second time in his first three ASU appearances that he has his all-time high
- Collins also ended his Sun Devil career with five rebounds in the first half alone before hitting a new career high with eight boards total
- ASU has held opponents with 2 of 25 shots from long range and 15 of 57 overall (2.60) for the first half of this year.
- Warren Washington’s 10 points and 14 rebounds were good for ASU’s first double-double of the season. The 14 boards is the most by a Sun Devil this season and his career high (11). He has also achieved his career high in blocks (four).
- Arizona State won the charity strip for the first time this season, posting an 8-of-8 record in the first half and 15-17 overall (.880), which was by far their best performance of the season.
- The Sun Devils led Texas Southern 26-12 in bank points.
The Sun Devils head east and meet VCU Tuesday night at the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Tipoff is set for 6:30 MT/8:30 ET. ASU will play either Pitt or Michigan. second round.