Arizona State had fought all the way back.
The Sun Devils rallied from a 14-point second half deficit to take an 83-82 lead with 47 seconds to go, but two clutch offensive rebounds off of badly missed shots by Texas would ultimately allow the Longhorns to come out on top in dramatic fashion, 87-85.
A dunk by ASU’s Jordan Bachynski gave the Sun Devils that late one-point lead. On the ensuing possession, Texas looked to sophomore guard Javan Felix in the left corner. Felix fired up a contested three-pointer and missed badly. Fortunately for the Longhorns, the errant shot fell directly into the waiting arms of Texas forward Jonathan Holmes right underneath the rim.
Holmes caught the miss and quickly put up a shot off the glass while absorbing contact from Arizona State’s Jonathan Gilling. The shot fell and Holmes hit the subsequent foul shot for a successful three-point play, giving Texas an 85-83 lead with 32 seconds remaining.
The Sun Devils quickly countered with a clutch offensive rebound of their own. Gilling made up for his foul on the other end by corralling a Jermaine Marshall missed three. Gilling was fouled, then he calmly hit his two free throws to tie things up.
With 17 seconds to go, Texas held for the final shot and Holmes badly missed a three point attempt long off the backboard. The ball caromed to the feet of several players and somehow ended up in the hands of Texas big man Cameron Ridley, who hit a dramatic left-handed layup off the glass as time expired.
After the gutsy comeback from the Sun Devils, the crushing finish was heartbreaking.
It was just another March Madness moment.
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