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Sun Devils hammer short-handed Beavers

TEMPE, Ariz. — Craig Robinson said that growing up in his Chicago household, rules were rules and consequences were consequences.

Nearly half of his team learned that the hard way on Saturday.

Five Oregon State players were benched for violating team rules and Arizona State went on to roll past the Beavers 80-66 in the final Pac-10 regular season game for both teams.

Seniors Ty Abbott and Rihards Kuksiks scored 22 and 18 points, respectively, as the Sun Devils (12-18, 4-14), the last-place team in the Pac-10, finished with three consecutive home victories.

"It was important ... to have a special day for our seniors because these guys have meant a lot to our program," Arizona State coach Herb Sendek said. "They have had a good measure of success and we have had a tough season, but yet they have galvanized us to win the last three games at home."

Robinson would not say what the five players did, but The Oregonian reported that they missed curfew at the on-campus hotel in Tucson following the team's loss to Arizona on Thursday night.

Only six players played for the Beavers (10-19, 5-13), led by Roberto Nelson, whose 34 points were more than double his previous career best.

Robinson, brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, said that his parents were always consistent and unbending when enforcing the rules.

"That's how I ended up staying out of trouble," he said.

Those who did not play included three starters — Jared Cunningham, Ahmad Starks and Devon Collier — along with leading reserves Calvin Haynes and Lathen Wallace.

Robinson said the punishment was for one game only and all would be able to participate in the Pac-10 tournament next week.

"Nothing was done serious enough to go any further past today," Robinson said.

The coach was extremely pleased with how the affected players responded, both the ones sitting on the bench and the ones forced to play extensive minutes. Nelson, Omari Johnson and Kevin McShane played the entire game. Joe Burton sat for one minute and Angus Brandt five. Walk-on Daniel Jones was the only reserve.

"You coach kids, it's inevitable something happens," Robinson said. "Hey, I'm glad that we're not talking about police reports and stuff like that but they're still learning. I'm 48 and I'm still learning. I'm grateful that they took their medicine like big boys."

The exhausted Oregon State players found it impossible as the game wore on to cover the Sun Devils on the perimeter. As a result, Arizona State made 17 3-pointers — one shy of the school record — in a school-record 40 attempts.

Johnson had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Beavers, who were 1-7 down the stretch in their conference season. Oregon State was 0-9 on the road in conference games.

USC 62, Washington 60

At Seattle, Jio Fontan scored 20 points, Nikola Vucevic added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Southern California held off Washington's furious second-half rally.

USC will take the No. 4 seed into next week's Pac-10 Conference tournament and face fifth-seeded California in the quarterfinals.

USC (18-13, 10-8) led by as many as 14 early in the second half, only to see Washington chip away and close within 49-45 with 7:38 left. But the Huskies made just one field goal over more than 11 minutes late in the game, getting 13 of their final 23 points at the free-throw line.

UCLA 58,Washington State 54, OT

At Pullman, Wash., Malcolm Lee hit four free throws in the closing seconds of overtime to lift UCLA over wounded Washington State.

Arizona's victory earlier in the day prevented UCLA (22-9, 13-5 Pac-10) from having a chance to tie the Wildcats for the Pac-10 title.

Washington State (19-11, 9-9) played without suspended star Klay Thompson and injured point guard Reggie Moore.

California 74, Stanford 55

At Berkeley, Calif., Allen Crabbe scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half, Harper Kamp added 20 points and California beat Bay Area rival Stanford.

Markhuri Sanders-Frison had 13 points and 13 rebounds after being honored before the game at Haas Pavilion as the lone senior for defending Pac-10 champion Cal (17-13, 10-8 Pac-10).


Arizona State 59,Oregon State 54

At Corvallis, Kimberly Brandon scored 15 points, and Arizona State held off Oregon State in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Tenaya Watson added 14 points for the Sun Devils (19-9, 12-7 Pac-10), who have won 17 straight against Oregon State.

El Sara Greer and Alyssa Martin each scored 13 points for Oregon State (9-20, 2-16).

Arizona 88, Oregon 65

At Eugene, Ify Ibekwe had season-high 31 points and 15 rebounds as Arizona closed out the regular season with a win.

Soana Lucet also had a season-high with 22 points for the Wildcats (19-10, 10-8 Pac-10). Brooke Jackson added 16 points and Davellyn White had seven points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

Ariel Thomas scored 12 points to lead the Ducks (13-16, 4-14).