ASU Defeats Oregon in Pac-10 Opener

Arizona State defeated Oregon in Tempe, AZ tonight by the score of 62-54 to win only their fourth conference opener in the past 20 years. The Sun Devils were able to slow the pace and limit Oregon to a season low 54 points. ASU was led by freshman sensation James Harden who had a team high 20 points and seven rebounds.

Oregon got off to a hot start behind the play of Maarty Leunen and Franz Dorsainvil who combined to score 13 of the Ducks first 17 points. Malik Hairston hit a three with 9:15 left in the first half giving Oregon its biggest lead of the night at 24-14. The Ducks then stalled, scoring only six more points during the remainder of the half to take a 30-26 lead into the locker room.

The second half was tight throughout. The Ducks biggest lead of the half was at 42-36. ASU promptly went on a 13-5 run to take a 49-47 lead on a big three from Harden. Jeff Pendergraff, the Sun Devils talented 6'9" junior forward scored 13 points after intermission and finished with 17 points and six rebounds.

Oregon (0-1, 9-4) was again hurt by turnovers, giving the ball away 16 times for the game. Bryce Taylor and Kamyron Brown combined for ten of the 16. Oregon shot the ball fairly well going 22-48 from the field (46 %) however the Ducks were hurt at the free-throw line where ASU hit 17-24 while Oregon only attempted 11 for the game, hitting eight.

Hairston led Oregon with 14 points on 5-8 from the field while Leunen finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Taylor scored 13 points and TaJuan Porter continued to struggle, scoring nine points on 3-11 shooting.

Oregon played without Joevan Catron who has an injured foot. Brown got the start in his absence but went scoreless. Oregon's bench only scored six points for the game, all coming from Dorsainvil.

ASU improved to 11-2 (1-0 in league play) on the year and is in second place in the Pac-10 conference.

The Ducks next game is Saturday in Tucson against the Arizona Wildcats at 11:00 AM PST.

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