Remy Martin scored 24 points and led a stirring second-half comeback from a 22-point deficit and Alonzo Verge Jr. hit a driving layup with nine seconds remaining as the host Arizona State Sun Devils upset the No. 22 Arizona Wildcats 66-65 in their Pac-12 matchup Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.
Rob Edwards had 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and seven rebounds, and Verge had 13 points for the Sun Devils (12-7, 3-3), who fell behind 37-15 with 5:35 left in the first half before recovering to split the season series.
Zeke Nnaji had 21 points and 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double, Nico Mannion had 16 points, including a season-high four 3-pointers, and Dylan Smith had 10 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats (13-6, 3-3), who beat the Sun Devils 75-47 in the first meeting Jan. 4 in Tucson.
Martin scored the first seven points of the second half, and Edwards' 3-pointer capped a 16-0 run spanning the halves to bring the Sun Devils within three at 43-40 with 16:27 remaining.
Martin's left-handed layup gave the Sun Devils a 60-59 lead with 4:31 remaining, their first lead since 10-9. Mannion made two free throws to put Arizona in front 65-63 with 1:41 renaming, before Jalen Graham made one free throw with 1:23 left to close to within one. The teams traded turnovers before Arizona's Stone Gettings missed a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left.
Verge hit his game-winner on the next possession, and the Wildcats' Josh Green missed a contested jumper in the lane as time expired.
Arizona had a season high 18 turnovers and shot only 28 percent in the second half, going for 7 for 25 from the field. The Wildcats are 0-4 in true road games.
It had the appearance of a runaway early.
Mannion hit his second, third and fourth 3-pointers, Nnaji had seven points and Smith had five points when the Wildcats used a 25-3 run to take 34-13 lead with 6:51 remaining in the first half. Arizona State missed 10 straight field goal attempts in that stretch and trailed by 22 points when Smith hit his second trey for a 37-15 edge.
--Field Level Media