Arizona State Slips Past NC State Into Legends Classic Finals

North Carolina State and Arizona State faced off in the second semifinal game of the Legends Classic in Brooklyn, last night.
Tra Holder led Arizona State with 22 points, including the decisive three-pointer with just over one minute left in the game, propelling the Sun Devils (3-1) to a 79-76 win over the Wolfpack (2-2).

Savon Goodman shook off any ill effects he may have had due to an ankle sprain last week and dominated NC State, adding 21 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

“Savon was all over the glass and he was so active,” ASU coach Bobby Hurley said. “He was a force for us. When he plays with energy, he really can take our team to a different level.”

Arizona State finished a competitive first half with a 40-38 lead. The second half turned into a game of runs, as Arizona jumped out to a 64-54 lead with 8:44 left to play. However, NC State quickly went on a 13-2 run to retake the lead at the 5:08 mark. The Sun Devils made more plays down the stretch to secure the victory.

Cat Barber led five Wolfpack players in double figures with 22 points and 8 assists.

“Our concern now is making sure we get better,” said NC State coach Mark Gottfried. “I don’t think we’re a great basketball team right now.”

Arizona State will face Marquette in the Championship game tonight. North Carolina State will face Ben Simmons and LSU in the consolation game. 

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