TEMPE, Ariz. Evan Gordon did not start for the first time this year, but his finish gave Arizona State its most valuable victory of the season.
Gordon's driving layup as time expired gave the Sun Devils a 63-62 overtime win at Colorado and may be the shot that, when the final numbers area crunched, provides the edge needed to give ASU its first NCAA tournament berth since 2009.
The road victory over a Colorado team that beat No. 9 Arizona by 13 points on Thursday gave Arizona State (19-7, 8-5) a sweep of the season series and kept them two games behind Pac-12 leader Oregon, one game out of second place, and still in good position to claim a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
One projection put Arizona State in the 68-team NCAA field with the victory, and sweeping a team that had a No. 19 RPI rating coming in is a step in the right direction, not that the Sun Devils are looking that far ahead.
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