TEMPE, Ariz. – Jahii Carson evidently has played his final home game for Arizona State. Coach Herb Sendek ended any latent speculation on that topic after the Sun Devils rolled past California 78-60 on Saturday.
“He’s not coming back,” Sendek said. No qualifier was added by the coach. This season is it — period.
The numbers weren’t spectacular for the prolific sophomore playmaker — nine points and four assists. But Carson had a mere one turnover and engineered one of the best games of the season for the Sun Devils (21-8 overall, 10-6 Pac-12), who moved alone into third place in the conference standings, a half-game ahead of Stanford, which plays at third-ranked Arizona on Sunday.
Jermaine Marshall scored 22 points and Arizona State pulled away in the second half in the Sun Devils’ final home game of the season.
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Carson is expected by everyone, including Sendek, to declare for the NBA draft after this season.
Asked if it was his last home game in college, Carson said, “Yeah, for the most part.”
Carson thought about coming out last season, when he was Pac-12 co-freshman of the year, but he came back for one more season, aiming to help Arizona State get into the NCAA tournament, something that seemed more probable after Saturday’s victory.
“He had a brilliant two years here in Wells Fargo (Arena),” Sendek said. “If you recall, he started with such expectations, almost mythological expectations.”
Justin Cobbs scored 15 points and Jordan Mathews had 14 for Cal (18-11, 9-7).
Oregon 78, at USC 63
Mike Moser had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Joseph Young added 16 points and the Ducks (20-8, 8-8) beat the last-place Trojans (10-19, 1-15) to extend their winning streak to five games.
Oregon has won the last eight times it has played USC. The Ducks reached 20 victories for the fourth straight season.
Pe’Shon Howard led USC with 20 points. The Trojans have lost 10 in a row.
At Utah 75, Colorado 64
Jordan Loveridge scored 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting and Delon Wright also had 21 to help the Utes (19-9, 8-8) beat the Buffaloes (20-9, 9-7).
Utah shot 70.8 percent (17 of 24) from the field in the second half to pull away.
Josh Scott had 17 points and Xavier Johnson added 10 for Colorado, which lost to Utah for the second time in the last nine games between the rivals.
The Buffaloes shot 39.6 percent (21 of 53) from the field and were undone by 11 second-half turnovers.
|Saturday’s resultsArizona State 78, California 60Oregon 78, USC 63Utah 75, Colorado 64|