Devils Follow Familiar Script in Oregon Loss

Trailing by a sizeable margin in the first half, a stingy Sun Devil defense spearheads a comeback that eventually falls short. Once again, ASU was living a cruel Déjà vu in Eugene tonight as the Ducks escape with a 55-51 win.

Arizona State (6-17, 0-12) stood toe-to-toe with Oregon (20-4, 8-4) for most of the first half. Jerren Shipp's jumper gave the visitors an 11-8 edge at the 15:10 mark. The lead see-sawed back and forth. Shipp's three-pointer tied the game at 21-21 with 5:58 left in the half. Things certainly went south from there until halftime, as the Ducks charged back with a 12-0 run to end the period with a 33-21 edge.

As they have done the last couple of games, ASU put the clamps on defensively and got back into the game. Long range baskets by Shipp and especially Derek Glasser who had three baskets behind the arc in the first ten minutes of the second half, tied the game at 42-42 with 9:27 left in the game. The Sun Devils frustrated the Ducks and allowed just three field goals the rest of the game. Alas, ASU went cold itself and the next field goal, albeit another three-pointer by Glasser came with just 17 second left, to shrink the deficit to 52-48. The freshman would make another shot from downtown; his fifth of the game, seven seconds later, but Aaron Brooks converted one free throw and ended the scoring on Thursday night.

Glasser paced ASU with his career-high 17 points, which all came in the second half. Christian Polk was the only other Sun Devil in double figures with ten. Jeff Pendergraph, saddled with foul trouble compensated for his four points grabbing 19 boards, seven of them offensive. ASU shot just 31.7 from the field in their 13th consecutive loss. Tajuan Porter led all scorers with 24 and had six of his seven team's three-point baskets.

Up next for Herb Sendek's squad is a Saturday afternoon match-up in Corvallis and the Oregon State Beavers. Tip-off is at 4pm MT and will be televised on FSN Arizona.

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