Harden's 36 Pushes Arizona State Past Oregon

Feb. 5, 2009

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- James Harden scored 36 points and Jeff Pendergraph had 13 points and seven rebounds as No. 24 Arizona State pulled away in the second half for a 66-57 victory over Oregon on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-5 Harden, the Pac-10 Conference's scoring leader with a 21.9-point average, scored at least 30 points for the fifth time this season. Harden's 36 is the highest scoring performance in a Pac-10 game this season. His season high is 40 points against UTEP on Nov. 30.

Arizona State (17-5, 6-4) ended a two-game losing streak. The Sun Devils lost at home last week to Washington and Washington State.

Tujuan Porter had 18 points for Oregon (6-16, 0-10), which is off to its worst conference start since 1992-93, when the Ducks lost their first 11 games.

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