Jahii Carson is the prime reason the Arizona State Sun Devils have gotten off to a 13-5 start this season. Carson leads the Sun Devils in points and assists. His stellar play gave the Sun Devils a chance against the Arizona Wildcats. The Sun Devils fell to the Wildcats 91-68, but the game would have been much more lopsided without Carson.
Carson led all scorers with 20 points, had five of his team’s seven assists and made seven of his team’s 18 field goals. Although he was the smallest man on the court, he attempted to defeat the Sun Devil’s in-state rival all by himself. Carson found himself overmatched by massive front court of Arizona.
The Wildcats had seven players in double-figures, while Carson was one of only three Sun Devils to reach that mark. Carson had 20 of the starters’ combined 41 points. Shaquielle McKissic was the only other Sun Devil to score in double-figures. The Sun Devils ran into a better team on Thursday night, but the trend of Carson stepping up for them continues.
Aside from an off shooting night against UCLA (4-of-17 shooting), Carson has scored 15 or more points in four of the five Pac-12 Conference games thus far. In those five games, the Sun Devils are 2-3. Arizona State has coasted in their two victories, but they have faced complete teams in their three losses. UCLA and Arizona simply outclassed the Sun Devils as a whole.
Carson will continue to play well, but in order for Arizona State to win more games in conference, they must get contributions from the rest of the bunch.