Devils drop Pac-10 opener in Corvallis

Coming into Pac-10 play both Oregon State and Arizona State appeared to be on different paths. The Beavers had stumbled to a 5-6 record against less than impressive competition, while the Sun Devils sat at a 7-4 mark following a very challenging non-conference schedule. Nonetheless, on Thursday night it was Oregon State who had all the momentum on its side routing ASU 80-58.

Over four minutes elapsed until both teams registered a point, but following that initial drought both Arizona State (7-5, 0-1 Pac-10) and Oregon State (6-6, 1-0) had little problems scoring the rest of the half.

Ty Abbott scored 18 points in the first half but the hosts never trailed by more than four points. With the Sun Devils sorely feeling the absence of leading scorer Trent Lockett (sprained toe), and Rihards Kuksiks' scoreless night, ASU allowed Oregon State to hang around.

The Beavers had little problem with ASU's defense exploiting it with jump shots as well as interior scoring. Oregon State trailed 30-26 with just under two and half minutes left in the period but ended the first half on an 8-0 run and sported a 34-30 edge after twenty minutes.

Not only did the hosts never relinquish the lead the rest of the contest, but were seemingly scoring at will during the second stanza. At the 12:47 mark they enjoyed their first double digit advantage, 52-42, and with the Beavers dominating the boards on both ends of the court, 41 to 23 with 14 offensive caroms, the visitors simply had no chance of getting back in the game. Oregon State shot 53.3 percent from the field while holding ASU to 38.5 percent.

Abbott paced all players on the floor with 18 points but was held scoreless in the second half. Jamelle McMillan posted 11 points and had a team-high six assists. Kyle Cain had six rebounds for the Sun Devils. Beavers' reserve Joe Burton led Oregon State with 17 points, as their bench overall outscored ASU 45 to 16.

The maroon and gold complete their Oregon road trip swing facing the Ducks in Eugene Saturday night at 8 pm. Oregon will also be searching for their first league victory as they dropped their own conference opener 76-57 to Arizona.

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