HOUSTON (AP) — Zytarious Mortle tipped with a miss with 5.6 seconds left and PJ Henry stole the ball in the dying seconds as Texas Southern shocked Arizona State 67-66 in Sunday’s Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Series .
John Walker III missed a jumper near the left elbow and Carter Grayson slipped in to reach a spike that rolled off the front of the rim where Mortle, a newcomer, was waiting for the spike.
As ASU’s Frankie Collins chased the ball up, Henry got his hand on it as Collins got into the 3-point arc and he rolled away as time ran out.
Henry led the Tigers (1-2) with 22 points and hit four 3-pointers. Walker added 16 points and Mortle, a freshman, added 10 from the bench.
Rebounds were the difference as Mortle had an offensive board that led to Henry’s 3-pointer who finished the game at 57 with 31.6 seconds left on rule. Mortle also snagged a rebound after a miss from Sun Devil at the other end and was fouled, but he missed the front end of the one-and-one by 4.6 seconds. The Tigers snagged that offensive rebound, however, and Carter had a good look for the winner.
Texas Southern had a 50-41 rebound, including 16-10 on offense, but was a dismal 7-of-19 from the foul line.
Collins led the Sun Devils (2-1), who went 5-of-23 from 3-point range and shot 34% overall with 23 points. Warren Washington added 10 points and 14 rebounds. Marcus Bagley, who had 25 points in his first two games, missed the game with a hip injury.
The Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Series was created to promote education around anti-racism and social justice issues. Teams from the two leagues play a home-and-home series. Only ASU, Washington State and Colorado will be visiting teams this year. The Arizona State women’s team hosted Grambling on Friday.
Arizona State led 28-24 at halftime, but the Tigers hit two 3s and scored the first eight points of the second half. With both teams struggling to find reach, an 8-0 run led the Sun Devils 51-39 on top with just eight minutes left.
Henry then hit two jumpers and a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 run that put the Tigers back in the game.
Texas Southern is the defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champion with appearances in six of the last eight years in NCAA tournaments. The Tigers are now 46-9 at home for the last five seasons.
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