Devils beat Beavers, earn road sweep

In comparison to its last three wins, ASU's 66-57 victory over Oregon State in Corvallis was more of a grind than a rout. Yet, needless to say that no one among the maroon and gold would care one bit over that fact. The Sun Devils have now won four straight and following their Saturday evening win sit alone atop the conference standings.

Arizona State (14-5, 4-2 Pac-10) was missing the injured Jamelle McMillan (foot) in today's contest, but his replacement in the starting lineup, Trent Lockett, helped the visitors to keep up with Oregon State (8-9 2-3) in a first half seesaw battle.

The freshman's eight first half points helped the Sun Devils to a slim 30-29 lead at the half.

In the first seven minutes of the second half, Ty Abbott scorched the Beavers for 16 points, including three straight baskets beyond the arc to give his team a 50-38 lead at the 13:06 mark. The junior led all players on the floor with his season-high 21 points.

ASU enjoyed a 14-point lead in the second stanza, before Oregon State went on a 16-6 run to make it a 58-54 game with 2:41 left in the contest.

Rihards Kuksiks nailed a three-point jumper, and overall scored six of his 15 points in the remaining two plus minutes of the game to help ASU hang on to their precious lead and complete a road sweep of the Oregon schools. Derek Glasser had eight assists and only one turnover for ASU, while Eric Boateng had a team-high five rebounds.

Calvin Haynes had 17 points for Oregon State, who actually shot well from the field (46.3 percent), and converted 8 of 14 three pointers. However their 17 turnovers and inability to control the boards (both teams had 24 rebounds each) proved to be the difference today at Gill Coliseum.

The Sun Devils will look to continue their winning ways next Saturday as they host their archrivals, the University of Arizona. Tip-off from Wells Fargo Arena is scheduled for 7:30 pm MT.


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