OSU Falls To ASU

March 8, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Ike Diogu scored 18 points and Curtis Millage and TommySmith each added 17 as Arizona State knocked off visiting Oregon State 74-64Saturday to lock up fourth place in the Pac-10.

Smith also had 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double.

The Sun Devils (19-10, 11-7) strongly improved the chance of their firstNCAA tournament berth since 1995 by sweeping the Oregon schools on the finalregular-season weekend. They beat Oregon 91-77 on Thursday and will face thefifth-place Ducks in the first round of the conference tournament this week.

Oregon State (13-14, 6-12) got 16 points from Phillip Ricci and 14 fromBrian Jackson.

Ricci scored 13 points in the first half, while getting Diogu in foultrouble. Diogu, the only freshman in the conference to score in double figuresevery game, picked up his third foul with 5:00 left before the half.

But Smith and Shawn Redhage, who had nine rebounds, were able to pick up theslack on the boards.

The Sun Devils led 45-38 at the half.

Oregon State was able to stay close for most of the second half, and pulledwithin 59-58 at the 6:42 mark on a 3-pointer by Jimmie Haywood.

But Arizona State closed out the game with a 15-6 run capped by Smith'sSmith layup with 35 seconds left.

Kyle Dodd, a nonstarter most of the season, had six points and eight assistsfor Arizona State, which got no points from its bench.



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