LAS VEGAS -- Stanford's long-shot bid to reach the NCAA tournament was derailed Wednesday by a blur named Jahii Carson in an 89-88 overtime loss to Arizona State in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament.
Carson, the league's co-freshman of the year, scored five of his 34 points in the extra period as the Sun Devils made sure the Cardinal will miss the NCAAs for the fifth straight season.
"It's extremely frustrating," Stanford star Dwight Powell said.
Stanford (18-14) needed a four-game run at the MGM Garden Arena to secure the Pac-12's automatic NCAA bid. But it's the Sun Devils (21-11) who will play in Thursday's quarterfinal against top-seeded UCLA.
The Cardinal likely will be headed to the NIT, which it won a year ago.
Sophomore Chasson Randle said: "We have to let this fuel us for the future and remember this burning feeling right now."
The Cardinal has a 93-73 record in five seasons under coach Johnny Dawkins, including 16 wins in the month of March. But Stanford's five-year NCAA drought is its longest dating to 1989, when the Cardinal made it to end a 47-year absence.
Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir visited with Dawkins after the game, as he routinely does, and later said both of them needed time to digest "a real tough loss."
"We've got work to do," said Muir, declining to make a definitive comment on Dawkins' status. "We'll visit and we'll continue to get us going, hopefully, much farther because that's the expectation. That's what Stanford's all about -- getting to the NCAA. It's part of the fabric of the place -- excellence across the board."
The Cardinal fought an uphill battle most of the afternoon.
But junior guard Aaron Bright nearly rescued Stanford with a season-high 27-point performance that included a game-tying, four-point play with 38.5 seconds left in regulation.
"We don't look like we have a chance to win that game, and he steps up and hits a big 3 that turns into four," Dawkins said.
Bright, who made 6 of 12 shots from beyond the 3-point arc, faked Jonathan Gilling on the play, then made the shot as Gilling tried to recover. Asked if he was fouled on the play, Bright laughed and said, "Yeah."
That allowed Stanford to rally from a 77-69 deficit with 1:03 left.
Carson seemingly locked up the game when he scored on three straight possessions -- twice on darts through the lane, then on a 3-pointer -- for a 73-67 lead with 2:11 left.
Stanford mixed in some zone defense to try to prevent Carson's penetration, but ASU answered by making 11 of 22 shots from the 3-point line. Carson, just a 30 percent shooter from beyond the arc this season, was 3 of 4.
In the overtime, Carson hit a 3-pointer and scored again on a drive through the lane -- his eighth of the game -- and ASU had the lead for good.
Powell scored 23 points for Stanford, despite often being double-teamed in the paint, and Josh Huestis contributed 17 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots.
His 3-pointer at the final horn brought the final margin to a single point.