Obinna Oleka had 27 points and 13 rebounds, and Arizona State dominated in overtime to beat Stanford 98-88 Wednesday in the opening game of the Pac-12 Tournament.
Tra Holder had 21 points and Torian Graham 17 for the Sun Devils. Oleka's double-double was his 16th this season, most in school history since the Sun Devils joined the Pac-10 in 1978.
Arizona State (15-17) shot 56 percent and made 10 of 22 from 3-point range, yet couldn't shake the Cardinal (14-17) in regulation.
In the first half, the Sun Devils hit 15 of 25 shots and 15 of 17 free throws. The Sun Devils led by up 14, but Travis led Stanford back, scoring 15 points to pull the Cardinal within 50-42 at halftime.
The Sun Devils maintained their cushion for most of the second half before a short run by the Cardinal brought it to a one-point game with five minutes left, setting up the close finish.
Stanford's Michael Humphrey hit a jumper with 3.3 seconds left to send the game into overtime tied at 81-all. Reid Travis led Stanford with 23 points and Humphrey finished with 18.
Once overtime started however, the Sun Devils pulled away to win in the Pac-12 Tournament for only the third time in 16 seasons.
Arizona State moves on to play No. 5 Oregon in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services