ASU Edged By Beavers, 68-61

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - David Lucas had 20 points and 12 rebounds as OregonState held off Arizona State 68-61 Thursday.

Freshman Kevin Kruger scored all of his career-high 20 points in the secondhalf in his first start for the Sun Devils. Ike Diogu added 18.

Arizona State (9-14, 3-11 Pac-10) went on a lightning-fast 16-0 run to getwithin a point in the second half, but couldn't overcome the cushion theBeavers had built.

Chris Stephens added 15 points for Oregon State.

The Beavers (10-13, 4-9) made 13-of-14 free throws down the stretch to holdon.

Arizona State had a dismal first half, making just 4-of-21 shots (19percent). The Beavers cruised into halftime on a 17-3 run, and the Sun Devils'13 first-half points were the fewest the team had scored since Jan 30, 1992, when it trailed Oregon State 22-13 at the half in Tempe.

Diogu scored just two points and picked up three fouls in the first half.The Sun Devils missed 13 of their first 15 shots, but only trailed 11-6.Arizona State got as close as 11-10, but then the Beavers blew the game open.Angelo Tsagarakis hit consecutive 3-pointers to make it 22-12. Diogu picked uphis third foul at 3:05 and went to the bench. Oregon State led 28-13 athalftime.

Kruger scored the Sun Devils' first 10 points in the second half, but theBeavers kept their commanding lead. Lucas hit a 14-footer at 7:58 to giveOregon State its biggest lead of the game at 51-34.

But Arizona State scored 16 points in the next 2:51, cutting the lead to onepoint. Diogu scored five of the team's first nine points, and Kruger hit a pairof 3s to put Sun Devils within 51-50 at 5:07.

Diogu, averaging 22.7 points a game, has scored in double figures in 55straight games, a period that spans his entire career. It is the longest suchstreak in the nation. He had just two points at the half.


Ike Diogu logged 37 minutes and is now averaging 37.3 minutes in the past 13 games.

Kevin Kruger has played well for the Sun Devils recently, as he is now averaging 25.2 minutes, 12.2 points and shooting 15-of-29 (.517) from the three-point stripe in the past five games. It marked the first time in the past 10 games a Sun Devil other than Diogu led ASU in scoring.

ASU used its 11th starting lineup, its most since the 1996-97 team also had 11, while the 1995-96 team used 12.

The Sun Devils were 23-of-26 (.885) at the free throw line. ASU is 87-of-103 (.845) from the free throw line in the past five games, including a 19-of-20 (.950) effort against UCLA on Feb. 12 that set the school single-game mark for 20 attempts.



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