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Arizona State claws back from 15-point deficit, beats Colorado in final seconds

Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. — Desmond Cambridge Jr. hit a 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left and Arizona State rallied from a 15-point, second-half deficit to beat Colorado 60-59 on Thursday night in Pac-12 Conference opener.

The Sun Devils took their final possession with 12.7 seconds to play. DJ Horne received the ball underneath and passed to Cambridge, who hit nothing but net from the left side of the arc.

Alonzo Gaffney, Desmond Cambridge Jr. and Devan Cambridge each made a 3-pointer during a 13-0 run as Arizona State took its first lead since early in the first half, 57-56, with 2:34 to play. Jalen Gabbidon answered for Colorado with a three-point play for a 59-57 lead with 2:03 remaining.

ASU's Warren Washington and Colorado's Tristan da Silva each blocked a shot inside the final minute. KJ Simpson missed a 3 for Colorado to end it.

Devan Cambridge scored 18 points to lead Arizona State (7-1, 1-0), which won for the second straight time in Boulder. Desmond Cambridge Jr. finished with 11 points. The brothers combined for four 3s, but the rest of the Sun Devils were 1 of 14 from long range.

Simpson scored 13 points and da Silva had 10 for Colorado (5-3, 0-1).

Colorado took the lead five minutes into the game and closed the first half on a 14-5 run for a 15-point lead at the break. Simpson and J’Vonne Hadley scored four points apiece and Javon Ruffin made a 3 during the span. The Buffaloes led 56-44 with 6:07 to play.

Arizona State hosts Stanford while Colorado plays at Washington, both on Sunday.

Arizona State guard Desmond Cambridge Jr. celebrates after hitting the winning 3-point basket against Colorado in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)