The Arizona State Sun Devils' 2017-18 season ended in heartbreaking fashion Wednesday night with a 60-56 loss to Syracuse in a First Four NCAA Tournament game in Dayton, Ohio.
Devils fight but fall to Syracuse.
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A 3-pointer by senior guard Kodi Justice put ASU ahead 49-42 with seven minutes to play, but the Orange responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead.
Justice hit another 3-pointer with just over four minutes left to give the Devils the lead, 52-50.
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But Syracuse scored the game's next five points to reclaim a lead that they would not let slip away.
Trailing by three points in the final seconds, senior guard Shannon Evans' 3-point attempt was off the mark, and Syracuse hit one of two free throws with less than a second remaining to seal the victory.
ASU's 56 points were a season low, and the Devils went just 3 of 10 from the free-throw line.
The Devils opened the season a perfect 12-0 that included wins over NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds Kansas and Xavier, and they were the last remaining undefeated team in the country. They were ranked as high as No. 3 nationally, matching their highest-ever ranking. But they went just 8-10 in Pac-12 play and fell to Colorado in the first round of last week's Pac-12 Tournament.
The Devils were granted an NCAA Tournament bid despite their poor finish to the season, advancing to the Big Dance for the first time in four years.