Never mind the fact that the Pac-12 had their final football Saturday of the season, there's menial basketball to be discussed!
While Marcus Mariota was hurtling defenders in his all-green jumpsuit in front of a capacity crowd, the Cougars from Washington State were experiencing overtime battles with Missouri State.
Arizona State 78, Colgate 71: For discretionary purposes, I must admit that I do in fact use Colgate toothpaste to brush my teeth with, so I'm not sure if that means I have biases, but at least now you know.
The Devils were without freshman point guard Kodi Justice, so that apparently translated into everyone doing it for themselves. ASU would assist on 11 baskets, but only managed to make 11 turnovers.
It may be time to begin considering Gerry Blakes a legitimate scoring threat. He has now produced back-to-back 20+-point games after putting up a combined five against Loyola-Marymount and Bethune-Cookman. The six-foot, four-inch guard also led the team in rebounds with eight.
Despite cutting it to a three-point game with 90 seconds remaining, the Raiders battled the fact that they got a whole lot of nothing from their bench. In 46 combined minutes, the six players off the pine collectively grabbed six boards and committed nine fouls. Not to mention, they'd go scoreless as the Sun Devils pulled away to victory in the waning moments.
Washington State 89, Missouri State 84 (OT): Until their first bucket of overtime, the only lead Wazzu saw was 7-4 nearly three minutes into the contest. And by the way, yes, I am forever internally laughing at the fact that schools in which people could not even begin to take a gander at their conference are pushing the Cougs to the limit.
While Josh Hawkinson was devoid of any dominance, the onus fell on DaVonte Lacy, who went wild with 31 points. Yet in the game's final 30 seconds, he found Que Jackson for his only three-point bucket of the game which sent the contest to overtime, despite trailing at the half by a dozen.
Each squad would have five scorers in double-figures and double their assist-to-turnover ratio. The Bears outrebounded the Cougs, but only narrowly, 30-to-28. It's tough to imagine two teams being any more evenly matched-which is the problem. For now, Wazzu is back to .500 and eternally wishing they could find a new conference.
Utah 93, Alabama State 62: Things got ugly real quick in Salt Lake City. While the football team was embattled in a dramatic win in Boulder over the Buffs, the Utes clobbered the Hornets from Alabama State.
The efficiency from Delon Wright just keeps on coming. Going 8-for-10 from the field and 6-for-8 from the line, Wright would finish with another all-around magnificent game, contributing 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists. He would get help from deep from the likes of Kenneth Ogbe and Dakarai Tucker, who both pitched in three three-pointers and double-digits scoring to aid the Utes' blowout.
The next time they take the court, a collision with Wichita State awaits. The last time the Shockers lost a regular season game was March 2, 2013 against the Creighton Blue Jays.