Sun Devils beat Oregon in Pac-10 opener
TEMPE, Ariz. — It was Arizona State's first win in a Pac-10 basketball opener since 2003, but coach Herb Sendek didn't want to get caught up in the numbers.
"All it means is we've won one game," Sendek said after his Sun Devils beat Oregon 62-54 Thursday night. "It means no more, no less. It makes one-eighteenth of our conference schedule. No matter how you try to stretch it to two-eighteenths, it's just one-eighteenth of our schedule."
James Harden scored 20 points, Jeff Pendergraph added 17 and Derek Glasser scored seven clutch points in the final three minutes to spark a Sun Devils rally.
Arizona State (11-2) went on a 13-2 run late in the second half to notch the program's fourth victory in a Pac-10 opener in the last 20 years.
Oregon (9-4, 0-1) used a 10-0 run to take a 42-36 lead with about seven minutes to play.
The Sun Devils, who went seven minutes without a basket, went ahead 49-47 on Harden's 3-pointer with 4:45 remaining and then 50-49 on Jerren Shipp's two free throws with 2:36 left.
Glasser, who finished with 10 points, had five free throws and a layup down the stretch as the Sun Devils held off the Ducks.
Pendergraph had 13 of his points in the second half including his team's first eight to erase a 30-26 halftime deficit.
"You don't want to boost it too much, but it feels pretty good," Pendergraph said.
Oregon was led by Malik Hairston with 14 points while Bryce Taylor added 13 and Maarty Leunen had 12.
The Ducks had a 10-point lead at one stage of the first half. But after making 75 percent of their field goals in the first half, they shot only 38 percent from the field in the second half for their lowest scoring output this season.
"We had a great game plan and the way we executed it tonight was unacceptable," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. "We have four veteran players that have to know better than that and we have to be tougher in the second half."
Sendek said his young squad's defense may have had something to do with Oregon's shooting problems.
"We just had greater resolve in the second half than we did in the first half," said Sendek.