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ASU Basketball: Carson scores 40 against UNLV

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It was a historic night for Arizona State's Jahii Carson in Sin City.

The man of the hour in Las Vegas.
The man of the hour in Las Vegas.
Ethan Miller

Most players thrive at home, but Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson thrives on the road.

Carson's career-high 40-point effort led the Sun Devils past UNLV by a score of 86-80.

With 17:58 left to play, the Sun Devils (4-0) had their backs against the wall. UNLV (2-2) held a seven-point lead, and was in the double bonus. This is when Carson took over. Carson scored 20 points in a span of 10:06 to recapture a 68-65 lead for the Sun Devils.

Guard Jermaine Marshall then helped seal the win with 11 points in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Center Jordan Bachynski also finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds - his fourth straight double-double.

In the first half, UNLV was able to dominate Arizona State on the glass. Rebel forwards Khem Birch and Roscoe Smith combined for 15 points and 23 rebounds in the first half. Overall, the Rebels out rebounded the Sun Devils 36-24.

However, every time that the Rebels tried to get a big lead, Carson stepped up and drained big shots.

Despite only shooting 5-20 from behind the arc, the Sun Devils still shot the three better than UNLV (3-15).

Next up, the Sun Devils will host Bradley University on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.

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Notes

  • The last Sun Devil player to score 40 points was James Harden in 2008 against UTEP.
  • Sun Devil forward Jonathan Gilling shot 0-9 from the field and finished with one point.
  • Roscoe Smith led all Rebel scorers with 18 points.