Oregon State Falls to No. 24 Arizona State
Feb. 7, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Jeff Pendergraph scored 15 points, all in the second half, and No. 24 Arizona State defeated Oregon State 49-38 Saturday night with poor shooting on both sides.
The Sun Devils (17-5, 6-4 Pac-10) won their fourth consecutive conference road game, their longest streak since inning five straight in 1980-81.
Rickey Claitt had 13 points and was the only player in double figures for Oregon State (10-11, 4-6), which hit just 32 percent of its shots from the floor.
The Sun Devils did not fare much better, hitting just 38 percent.
The Beavers, who did not win a single Pac-10 game last season, had a four game winning streak snapped with a 56-53 loss to Arizona on Thursday.
Arizona State was coming off a 66-57 victory Thursday at Oregon. That game was marked in the final minutes by a scary injury to Sun Devils guard Derek Glasser, who was motionless on the court for several moments.
Glasser did not play against the Beavers with what the team described as a neck bruise. Jamelle McMillan started in his place and finished with 14 points.
McMillan's father, Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan, attended the game. The Blazers had a day off before hosting the New York Knicks on Sunday.
Also at the game was A.C. Green, who played at Oregon State from 1982-85 and went on to a 16-year career in the NBA.
The Sun Devils saw the return of Latvian forward Rihards Kuksiks, who missed Thursday's game because of a virus.
Both teams set the offensive tone early, with Arizona State leading 8-5 at the halfway point of the first half.
McMillan provided most of the period's scoring with four 3-pointers. His last gave Arizona State a 19-13 lead at the break, and only McMillan (12) and James Harden (7) scored for the Sun Devils in the half.
Oregon State narrowed it to 23-20 on Claitt's layup but the Beavers couldn't get any closer.
Penderpragh went on a personal 12-point scoring run to put the Sun Devils ahead 38-27 midway through the second half.
The Sun Devils routed the Beavers 69-38 in Tempe earlier this season. That had set the mark for the fewest points Arizona State has allowed an opponent since joining the Pac-10.
The Sun Devils have won four straight against the Beavers, and the last four games in Corvallis.