At 4-5 on the road entering Saturday, the Arizona State Sun Devils had one last chance to prove they can win away from Wells Fargo Arena. Instead, it was more of the same for when ASU travels.
The Sun Devils (19-9, 7-9 Pac-12) dropped their third game in a row, falling 79-75 to the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis.
ASU got off to a strong start, jumping out to a 10-2 lead in just over four minutes. But like many early leads in conference play, it disappeared immediately.
The Beavers took their first lead of the game just after the midway point of the first half as part of a 15-2 run which saw ASU begging for points for over six minutes of game time.
With 2:44 remaining, Oregon State took a 30-28 lead that it looked like would hold through the final buzzer.
The Beavers led by as many as 15 points in the second half, behind strong performances from junior forward Drew Eubanks and redshirt sophomore forward Tres Tinkle, who finished with 16 and 15 points.
But like they’ve done all season, the Sun Devils kept it close to the finish.
Trailing by nine points with under three minutes left, ASU mounted a furious comeback to draw the score even at 75 apiece on a 3-pointer by senior guard Tra Holder.
On the ensuing possession, freshman forward Romello White fouled, resulting in two free throws by Eubanks, then senior guard Kodi Justice missed a longball that would have given ASU a lead.
After the ensuing foul, ASU nearly caught a break.
Tinkle missed two free throws, giving ASU a chance, but the Sun Devils failed to rebound, allowing freshman guard Ethan Thompson to get his hands on the ball, forcing ASU to foul. He then sank both free throws to essentially ice the game.
The Sun Devils have just two more games remaining on their regular season schedule, as they host California and Stanford on Thursday and Saturday respectively.