TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Jahii Carson's Pac-12 debut was pretty rough, until he was needed most.

The Arizona State freshman playmaker broke out of a bad shooting night with a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, then made a driving layup with 35 seconds left for the game-winner as the Sun Devils escaped with a 55-54 victory over Utah on Wednesday night in the conference opener for both teams.

"He just has a great capacity, as do most great players, of staying in the present," Arizona State coach Herb Sendek said of Carson. "He believes in himself and I think he knows we believe in him, and he just has a great capacity to let whatever just happened go, and make the next play, which is a real gift."

Carson was just 5 of 18 shooting — 1 of 6 on 3s — but made the two biggest baskets in a slow-paced contest that saw neither team lead by more than six points. Carrick Felix had 17 points and 16 rebounds, Carson scored 15 and Jordan Bachynski had 14 points for the Sun Devils (12-2).

Jason Washburn had 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Utes (8-5) but missed twice in the final seconds. Jarred DuBois added 12 points, including a 3-pointer that put Utah up 54-53 with 39 seconds to play.

Ruslan Pateev, in the game when Bachynski left with a leg cramp, made a rebound basket to put Arizona State ahead 53-52 in the overtime, and then set the screen that freed Carson for the game-winning layup.

Washburn's three-point play put the Utes ahead 47-46 with 1:37 to play in regulation and, after Carson lost control on a drive to the basket for a turnover, Jordan Loveridge's two free throws made it 49-46 with 1:15 to go.

Arizona State's Jonathan Gilling missed a 3, but Bachynski chased down the rebound and got the ball to Carson. The freshman playmaker, just 3 of 14 shooting to that point, sank the 3 to tie it at 49 with 58 seconds to go.

"Coming into conference, I know people are going to start making me take jump shots and you know I'm going to shoot them," Carson said. "I've got to get more confidence in hitting them. You know, down in the clutch I feel confident."

Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak, noting his team played good defense and took good care of the ball, liked everything about that play except the fact that the shot went in.

"Obviously we got that lead late and then there was that 3 by Carson late to tie it up before it went to overtime," he said. "I mean, that's what you want him doing and I'm somewhat speechless. What can you say?"

Arizona State failed to get off a decent shot in the final seconds, sending the game into overtime.

The Utes had a chance at the finish but Pateev blocked DuBois' driving layup and Washburn missed a short jumper. The teams scrambled for the rebound and a jump ball gave Utah the ball out of bounds with 4 seconds to go. Washburn's shot was short and the Sun Devils escaped with an ugly victory.

With the Sun Devils making just two of their first 10 shots, Utah ran off nine straight points for a 9-4 lead.

The first game pitting the Bachynski brothers, Arizona State's 7-foot-2 junior Jordan and Utah's 7-foot sophomore Dallin, had an interesting start.

Shortly after entering the game, Dallin got his older brother to go for a pump fake and then slipped around him for a dunk that put the Utes ahead 15-9. But the younger Bachynski never scored again, limited by foul trouble to just six minutes.

Felix scored the next 10 Arizona State points, capped by a pair of 3-pointers, in a 14-2 run that put the Sun Devils up 23-17 on Pateev's rebound dunk with 3:20 left in the half. Utah finished the half with a 7-2 spurt, Washburn's one-handed dunk off DuBois' missed layup at the buzzer cut the lead to 25-24 at the break.

Neither team shot well. Utah was at 35 percent, Arizona State 37 percent.

"Every once in a while it's going to be a 10-7 game in the mud and someone's going to kick a field goal to win," Sendek said. "It seemed like that kind of game here today."

Washburn's previous career best in rebounds was 10. He had nine by halftime.