Devils Complete Road Sweep of Oregon Schools

It was time for Jamelle McMillan to step up, and did he ever deliver tonight in Corvallis. In the absence of starter Derek Glasser, the ASU reserve point guard, under the watchful eye of his father and NBA coach Nate McMillan, scored 14 points and along with Jeff Pendergraph's 15 the maroon and gold beat Oregon State 49-38.

Sophomore Jamelle McMillan scored 12 points in the first half, all from behind the arc. Along with James Harden's seven points (finished with nine on the night) both guards made up the entire offensive production for Arizona State (18-5, 7-4 Pac-10) in the first half as they led 19-13.

In the second half, Oregon State (10-11, 4-6) was able to cut the deficit to 23-20, but that's as close as the Beavers were going to come to overcoming the visitors from Tempe. Senior Jeff Pendergraph, who scored 12 straight points during one stretch of this period, was 6-7 from the field and tallied all of his 15 points in the second stanza, as did Rihards Kuksiks with nine.

The sophomore, who didn't practice all week because of the flu and missed Thursday's game at Oregon, made a trio of three-point shots.

ASU shot just 38.1 percent from the floor, but held the hosts to 32.6 in that category. They also had the edge on the glass, out rebounding the Beavers 26-22. McMillan led all players with five steals and four assists.

The victory marked the fourth straight Pac-10 road win for ASU, which is their longest streak since recording five straight in the 1980-81 season.

The road sweep at the state of Oregon not only gives takes the sting a bit out of being swept by the Washington schools in Tempe last weekend. It also gives the Sun Devils a little bit of momentum as they open a three-game home stand against conference leading UCLA on Thursday at 7:00 pm.

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