Devils Clobbered in Corvallis

The Sun Devils were seeking comfort on the road after being swept at home by the Los Angeles schools last week. Instead, they found another red-hot shooting team in the Beavers. Oregon State, minus their head coach Jay John who was recovering from a high blood pressure ailment, annihilated Arizona State 88-66 and continued their tailspin in Pac-10 play.

ASU led for a good portion of the first half, but the home team kept matters close and never trailed by more than five. Ike Diogu scored 22 in the first stanza, but never got adequate support from his teammates. Once again, the Sun Devils wilted in the waning moments of the first half. Will Fameni's free throws gave his team a 36-35 lead with 3:33 left in the half. However, Jason Fontenet helped rally the Beavers to capture the lead for good, and end the period with a 42-39 lead.

The maroon and gold kept matters close in the first few minutes of the second half. An 11-2 run, much of it compliments of David Lucas, awarded Oregon State with a double-digit lead 55-44 with 13 minutes left in the game. The Beavers had their way with the visitors in this half, as the porous Sun Devil defense, along with cold shooting and a plethora of turnovers was just too much to overcome.

Diogu tied for the game high with 27 points, but only five of those came in the second half. His game high eight rebounds were negated by an equal number of turnovers. Kevin Kruger had nine points and eight assists, and Fameni added eight points. The Sun Devils allowed the Beavers to score at a 62.5% clip, while shooting only 43.5% themselves. David Lucas led Oregon State with 27 points.

ASU will face Oregon on Saturday and will try to avoid a fourth straight loss in one of the pac-10's most intimidating venues.

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