TEMPE, Ariz. -- Senior Ruslan Pateevs role has shrunk to about the size of his of one his size-15 Nikes this season, and he's admitted to a difficult day or two of reflection. But he has gotten past that, choosing determination over disaffection.
Arizona State won its Pac-12 opener because he did.
Entering when Jordan Bachynski suffered a muscle cramp in his left leg with 3:25 remaining in overtime, Pateev did a little bit of everything to help the Sun Devils pull out a 55-54 overtime victory over Utah before 5,314 at Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday.
Pateev made a reverse layup on the left baseline to give ASU a 53-51 lead with three minutes left in overtime, used all of his 7 feet and 255 pounds to set a screen that freed Jahii Carson for the game-deciding layup with 34.4 seconds remaining, and blocked a short drive by Jarred DuBois with 12.2 seconds left.
After Utah brought the ball inbounds, Pateev and Jonathan Gilling harassed the Utes into another timeout with four seconds ...