TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State's Remy Martin was fighting for possession during the first half when he caught an inadvertent elbow right to the middle of his face that knocked a tooth loose.
Martin left the game and went to the locker room. A few minutes later, he returned to the court and almost immediately banked home a 3-pointer.
The Sun Devils are familiar with getting knocked down this season. They're showing they can get back up, too.
Arizona State continued its unexpected charge through the Pac-12 standings with its sixth straight win, beating No. 14 Oregon 77-72 on Thursday night. Alonzo Verge Jr. scored 26 points, Rob Edwards added 24 and the Sun Devils withstood a second-half charge by the Ducks to keep their winning streak alive.
“We stayed together, we played together,” Verge said. “That's been the main thing about this whole thing is we've been playing together as a team and having fun. That's what it's about.”
It's the first time Arizona State has won six straight games in the Pac-12 since 1981.
“We've had a lot of adversity all year," coach Bobby Hurley said. “A lot of things we've had to work through and fight through. Nothing was ever easy. So proud of how we battled. Starting out 1-3 (in conference play) and where we've come, it's an amazing run we've been on.”
The Sun Devils (18-8, 9-4) are playing their best following a mediocre January. Every team in the Pac-12 has lost at least four league games.