Felix beats buzzer, Sun Devils edge Bison 60-57
The Arizona State men's basketball team escaped with a 60-57 in Saturday afternoon's matchup against North Dakota State University after junior Carrick Felix drained a buzzer-beating three pointer.
The Sun Devils led for most of the second half before Bison guard Mike Felt hit a highly-contested desperation three to tie the game at 57 with 1.8 seconds left. Felt was 1-9 from the perimeter before nailing the tying basket.
ASU called a timeout and used former high school quarterback Chanse Creekmur to inbound the ball, who passed it to junior Trent Lockett who unselfishly gave the ball up to an open Felix, who hit nothing but net before his teammates proceeded to pile onto him in celebration.
Felix led the team with 15 points, but was only 2-10 from beyond the arc before hitting the game-winning three.
Arizona State survived despite sub-par offensive performances from the two leading scorers coming into the game, Lockett and sophomore Keala King. However, Lockett made his presence known by grabbing 12 rebounds and still managing 10 points. King had only three points, coming late in the second half with a three point play the possession after Felix made a four-point play.
The Sun Devils had a slow first half, starting the game 2-8 from the field, but stayed in the game through relentless work on the offensive boards. The team brought down 12 offensive rebounds out of their total 14 in the first half. ASU outrebounded NDSU 45-32 for the game.
The Sun Devils shot 34.1 percent for the game, but were 25-35 from the free throw line, going 18-23 in the second half alone. The Bison went 12-18 for the game, which tremendously impacted the result of the game.
Arizona State improves to 4-5 and gave NDSU only their second loss of the season, dropping them to 7-2. ASU takes a week off for finals and will be back in action next Saturday, Dec. 17 at 4:00 (MT) against Northern Arizona.