Beavers Turned Away In Tempe, 83-79
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Ike Diogu had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and StevieMoore and Jamal Hill made crucial free throws near the end to lift ArizonaState to an 83-79 win over Oregon State on Saturday night.
Hill had 17 points in the victory, only the Sun Devils' second in eightgames. Keith Wooden and Jason Braxton had 12 apiece for Arizona State (8-8, 2-5Pac-10), which won its sixth straight against the Beavers in Tempe.
The Beavers made up a nine-point deficit in the second half to lead 74-70with 4:14 left.
Diogu, a preaseason All-American, scored in double figures for thenational-high 48th consecutive time, going 16-of-22 from the free-throw line tocome within one of the school's record for attempts.
Moore opened an 81-77 lead with his two free thows with 31.6 seconds left.After Nash drove for a dunk, Hill made two with 15.1 seconds to go.
Diogu made only two of the four free throws, but made both when he wasfouled by Jeffers with 1:38 to go, and the Sun Devils regained the lead at77-76.
The Sun Devils were leading 62-55 when Wooden missed the front end of aone-and-one with 9:15 to go.
Oregon State responded with a 13-2 run to take a 68-64 lead with 6:32 toplay. Lucas and Jeffers had a basket and two free throws each during the spurt,and Stephens tied the game for the first time at
Lucas had a personal 6-0 run in the first 1:44 of the second half, andOregon State closed within 43-40.
The Sun Devils surged again, taking a 56-47 lead with 14:08 left on AllenMorill's dunk after Jeffers fell and lost a defensive rebound.
The Sun Devils had two early 10-point leads, both after layups by Braxton.But the Beavers outscored Arizona State 17-11 in a 6:14 span capped by Nash's3-pointer that lifted the Beavers within 27-23 with 8:00 remaining in the firsthalf.