Carson, ASU hold off Utah

ASU's Jordan Bachynski (left) pumps his fist after he was fouled by Utah's Dallin Bachynski during the second half Thursday in Tempe, Ariz. The Sun Devils defeated Utah 79-75.

TEMPE, Ariz. — Jahii Carson scored 23 points, eight in a decisive five-minute span late in the game, as Arizona State held on to beat Utah 79-75 on Thursday night.

Jonathan Gilling added 13 points, including 3 of 3 3-pointers, a critical one coming with 1:40 to play for the Sun Devils (14-5, 3-3 Pac-12).

Jordan Bachynski had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Arizona State.

Jordan Loveridge scored 22 points and Delon Wright 21 for the Utes (14-5, 3-4), who led by as many as nine in the first half and were up 41-37 at the break.

Shaquielle McKissic added 11 points for Arizona State, which had lost two in a row.

Dakarai Tucker’s 3-pointer gave Utah its last lead, 61-60, with 7:32 to go. Carson’s 10-footer 17 seconds later put the Sun Devils up for good, 62-61. Bachynski’s fastbreak layup made it 64-61. Three times, Utah cut the lead to one only to have Arizona State respond.

Carson’s driving layup with 2:32 to play put Arizona State up 70-67, then Gilling’s 3-pointer made it 73-67 with 1:40 left. Bachynski’s two free throws boosted the Sun Devils’ lead to 75-67 1:22 from the finish.

After missing three of four free throws, Arizona State finally put it away when Jermaine Marshall made three of four at the foul line.

Arizona State got a strong game from seldom-used Bo Barnes, who scored nine points, including a pair of 3s.

Utah, coming off home victories over UCLA and Southern California, used a 9-0 run to go up 28-19 on Loveridge’s 3-pointer with 8:10 left in the half.

Carson brought the Sun Devils back, scoring seven points in a 10-2 spurt that cut the lead to 34-33 on Gilling’s 3-pointer 3:50 before the break.

But Wright’s three-point play, followed by Loveridge’s 15-footer boosted it to 39-33.

McKissic’s baseline jumper at the buzzer cut Utah’s lead to 41-37 at the half.

Arizona State took its first lead since the opening minutes, 46-45 on Bachynski’s two free throws with 6:33 to play. But Loveridge responded with a 3-pointer and Utah was on top 48-46.

Gilling’s 3 put the Sun Devils up 50-49, triggering a 7-0 surge that had Arizona State ahead 54-49 when Brandan Kearney scored with 12:58 left. Utah managed one final surge before the Sun Devils pulled away for good.

Bachynski’s younger brother Dallin scored five points for Utah.