Devils Drop Pac-10 Opener

Going into Pac-10 play, coach Rob Evans said that improvement on defense was key for the Sun Devils to succeed this year. Never before have truer words been spoken. Evans' ASU squad had a miserable second half at Oregon losing to the Ducks by a score of 103-90. ASU falls to 5-3, 0-1 in Pac-10 play.

ASU hung tough with the home team, trailing only by three points in the half 48-45. A three pointer by Tommie Smith tied the score at 52-52 early in the second half. An Oregon 30-8 run early in the second half blew the game wide open. Oregon led by as much as 23 points, and ASU was able to narrow the margin, but never got it under double digits.

Tommy Smith may have done well on offense scoring 16 points, but is still struggling with his rebounding corralling only three boards, before fouling out. Curtis Mileage with 15, and Chad Prewitt with 14 were the only other Sun Devil players in double figures. Kenny Crandall with nine points and Chris Osborne with eight, were part of the second half comeback by ASU which narrowed the sizeable margin Oregon was enjoying in the second half. A remarkable offensive effort shooting 50.9% from the field and 52.6% from 3-point land was wasted in this loss, where the sun Devil defense allowed the Ducks to finish with 56.1% shooting from the field. An Oregon 31-24 edge on the boards, as well as an unbelievable 89.7% from the free throw line was too much for ASU to overcome.

Next for ASU is a visit to Corvallis to meet the Oregon State Beavers who stood toe-to-toe with Arizona, losing by three points. Evans and his squad can only hope that the Beavers are emotionally drained for their Saturday's matchup. After all, a sweep by the Oregon schools can prove a far too devastating of a blow for the Sun Devils to recover from.

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