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Arizona State 64, Oregon 51

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Arizona State's Ike Diogu wasn't his typical
dominant self. For once, he didn't have to be.

Serge Angounou tied a career-high with 20 points and 10 rebounds
to lead the Sun Devils to a lackluster 64-51 victory over Oregon on
Saturday night.

Angounou's performance came in a game in which Diogu, the Pac-10
scoring and rebounding leader, struggled to 10 points and 10
rebounds.

Diogu's point total tied a career-low for the junior center, and
he barely continued his string of consecutive games in
double-figures scoring to a national-best 78. He scored his final
points on a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left in the game.

"They had a pretty effective zone, which made it tough to get
the ball inside," said Diogu, who was 2-for-7 from the field with
no field goals in the second half. "So, other people stepped up
for us. I can't always drop 30 a night because teams scout us
well."

Arizona State (14-5 overall, 3-4 Pac-10) had allowed 90.7 points
a game during a three-game losing streak that was ended against the
Ducks.

But Oregon (11-5, 3-4) could never get going offensively. It
shot 28.6 percent from the field and was 4-for-34 from the 3-point
line while scoring its fewest points of the season.

The Ducks never tried to establish an inside game, as their post
players were a combined 3-for-7 from the field.

"Teams were scoring 90 points a game on us and since I've been
here, I've never had a team get scored on like that," Arizona
State coach Rob Evans said. "That's unacceptable. We really
focused on defense tonight."

Malik Hairston led Oregon with 17 points, while Aaron Brooks,
who averages a team-high 16 points, didn't score his first field
goal until four minutes into the second half. He finished with 10
points.

"This was a rough game from the start," Hairston said. "We
were stagnant and didn't let the offense flow. We can't make
excuses and we've got to get back to work."

The Sun Devils didn't shoot much better (36.5 percent), as they
also set a season-low in points scored.

But Arizona State quickly jumped out to a lead it would never
lose following 3-pointers by Steve Moore and Bryson Krueger in the
opening minute for a 6-0 advantage.

Angounou gave the Sun Devils a boost minutes later, scoring six
of his 10 first-half points on three consecutive long jump shots as
Arizona State went up 16-8.

"That's the kind of shot I work on a lot in practice,"
Angounou said. "We weren't looking for me, I just got open and I
like that shot."

The Ducks scored the next six points to trim their deficit to
16-14 at the 10:03 mark, but the Sun Devils closed out the half on
a 17-5 run to lead 33-19 at the break.

Arizona State built its lead to 16 points with just under 10
minute left in the game, and Oregon could never cut the lead to
single digits.
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