#23for23 cadet Remy Martin clutch in Arizona State's upset win over Mississippi St.

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 20, 2018 03:58 PM
Fil-Am Martin clutch in Arizona State's upset win
Gilas 23 for 23 cadet Remy Martin tallied 16 points, two rebounds, and seven assists in 35 minutes of action in his team's win over Mississipi St. (FILE PHOTO)

Gilas #23for23 cadet Remy Martin was a huge factor in the Arizona State Sun Devils' 72-67 upset win over the 15th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs on Monday evening (Tuesday morning in the Philippines) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Filipino-American guard, who secured a Philippine passport before turning 16 years old, tallied 16 points, two rebounds, and seven assists in 35 minutes of action.

Martin, a 6 foot guard, was also recognized last year as the Sun Devils' Defensive MVP for his prowess in perimeter defense, particularly for his hustle and picking off the ball.

The contest was tied at 65 with 1:02 left after Mississippi State's Nick Weatherspoon drilled a jumper.

However, Martin, the team's starting point guard, found Kimani Lawrence, who swished a long bomb to take a 68-65 lead with 37 ticks remaining.

On the other end of the floor, Aric Holman was not able to tie the game with 24 seconds left.

Possession of the ball was entrusted to the Martin, who was fouled and calmly hit both free throws to extend the lead to five, 72-67 with 18 seconds left.

Bulldog Lamar Peters then made two from the charity stripe before Sun Devil Lawrence put the finishing touches with a  rim-rattling jam on the fast break.

Lawrence led the way for Arizona St. with 22 points while forward Aric Holman paced the losing side with also 22.

The win is Arizona St.'s fourth straight to start their season, tied on top with the Arizona Wildcats and the UCLA Bruins.

Martin, the reigning Pac-12 Sixth Man Player of the Year, has shown much promise as a starter, norming 11.3 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists in 31 minutes of action per game.

Martin previously said that he is very much ready once flag and country come calling, telling ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles of his happiness being a part of the 23 players considered for the 2023 FIBA World Cup to be held in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia.

"It’s a blessing. It’s an honor for me even being mentioned. I thank the people that chose me but I think it’s a complete blessing," he said then. 

Check out Martin's highlights in Arizona St.'s previous win over Long Beach. (Courtesy of the PAC-12 Network)

THE SCORES

Arizona St. (72) -- Lawrence 22, Dort 17, Martin 16, Cheatham 12, Lake 4, White 1, Cherry 0, Mitchell 0.

Mississipi St. (67) -- Holman 22, N. Weatherspoon 13, Q. Weatherspoon 12, Peters 10, Woodard 6, Carter 2, Ado 2, Feazell 0, Perry 0.

SCORES BY HALF: 39-24, 72-67

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