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Sun Devils stifling defense downs Beavers

CORVALLIS — Jeff Pendergraph scored 15 points, all in the second half, and No. 24 Arizona State defeated Oregon State 49-38 Saturday night with poor shooting on both sides.

Rickey Claitt had 13 points and was the only player in double figures for Oregon State (10-11, 4-6), which hit just 32 percent of its shots from the floor.

The Sun Devils did not fare much better, hitting just 38 percent.

"There were no easy baskets to come by tonight," Sun Devils coach Herb Sendek said. "That was definitely a defensive-slanted contest."

The Beavers, who didn't win a single Pac-10 game last season, had a four game winning streak snapped with a 56-53 loss to Arizona on Thursday.

The Sun Devils (17-5, 6-4 Pac-10) won their fourth consecutive conference road game, their longest streak since inning five straight in 1980-81.

Both teams set the offensive tone early, with Arizona State leading 8-5 at the halfway point of the first half.

McMillan provided most of the period's scoring with four 3-pointers. His last gave Arizona State a 19-13 lead at the break, and only McMillan (12) and James Harden (7) scored for the Sun Devils in the half.

Oregon State narrowed it to 23-20 on Claitt's layup but the Beavers couldn't get any closer.

Penderpragh went on a personal 12-point scoring run to put the Sun Devils ahead 38-27 midway through the second half.

The Sun Devils have won four straight against the Beavers, and the last four games in Corvallis.