Arizona State’s Jahii Carson split a double team at the three-point line and dribbled hard toward the basket late in the first half. Only one man could stop him: Kevin Parrom.
The Arizona Wildcats senior forward stepped in front and drew a charge with 9.7 seconds left.
That was Carson’s third foul — having just come back into the game for ASU’s offensive possession — a situation that would prove to be problematic defensively for the Sun Devils in the second half.
Carson’s fourth foul with 9:50 to play is identified as the key moment, because after that his defense become non-existent, but Arizona knew what that third foul late in the first half meant.
“If you saw me, I ran over to Kevin and started punching him in the chest,” said sophomore guard Nick Johnson.
“I was really excited. I think that’s the definition of Kevin. That’s what he does for us. He does every single thing for us — the nitty-gritty, offensive rebounding, taking charges, diving on the floor, stuff like that.
“That’s why he is so big to our team.”