UC-Riverside pulled off an upset victory at Arizona State on Thursday in most unlikely fashion, when JP Moorman hit a desperation heave from several feet behind half court to give the Highlanders a 66-65 victory at the buzzer. The shot followed a go-ahead layup from Arizona State’s Luther Muhammad with 1.7 seconds left.
The Highlanders were out of timeouts after Muhammad’s make, but they got the opportunity to discuss the final play as officials paused the game for a video review. Even after talking it over, the look Moorman got was quite unfavorable. But the redshirt senior transfer, who played his first four seasons at Temple, hit nothing but net on the heave to leave the fans at ASU’s Desert Financial Arena in a state of shock.
UC-Riverside was picked to finish third in the Big West, so the Highlanders are no slouch. But the loss is nevertheless a tough break for an Arizona State team trying to bounce back from an 11-14 season. The Sun Devils led for most of the second half behind 19 points from Kimani Lawrence and 18 from Marcus Bagley.
But UC-Riverside made 14 of 29 attempts from 3-point range, including the final heave that will go down in program history. Cameron Flynn led the Highlanders with 18 points, while Moorman finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and one highlight for the ages.