Bobby Hurley would probably take a basketball to the face in exchange for a victory on most nights.
But especially on this night.
On his eighth try -- and his seventh as a head coach -- Hurley was able to enjoy a victory over the Arizona Wildcats, as his Arizona State Sun Devils outlasted their rivals down south for a 95-88 overtime victory at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe on Thursday night. The win moved ASU to 15-6 overall this season and 6-3 in the Pac-12, while the Wildcats dropped their third straight game to fall to 14-8 overall and 5-4 in the conference.
ASU outscored Arizona 12-5 in the overtime period, which included Hurley taking an inadvertent basketball to the face with just under 90 seconds to play. Hurley popped right back up and instantly began his customary routine of bantering with officials.
Hurley lost to Arizona in Tucson as a point guard for the Duke Blue Devils in 1991. Fittingly, that game also went to overtime -- two, as a matter of fact -- but the Wildcats got the victory. As ASU's head coach, Hurley was 0-6 vs. UA until Thursday night.
The Wildcats saw center Chase Jeter return to the lineup after missing two games with a back injury, but they were without injured starting freshman guard Brandon Williams. Still, Arizona hung tough, rallying multiple times in the second half. Senior guard Justin Coleman's 3-pointer with 20 seconds left tied the game and ultimately sent it into overtime. Arizona made 14 of 28 shots from beyond the arc.
But the Devils were too much for UA in OT, as sophomore guard Remy Martin scored eight of ASU's 12 points in the extra period. Martin scored a game-high 31 points and added eight assists.
Also of note: Arizona Coyotes enforcer-turned-broadcaster and defenseman Jason Demers made their debut in ASU's famous Curtain of Distraction in the second half.