Arizona St. 66, Oregon 56
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP)—Steve Moore scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half, leading Arizona State’s rally from a 13-point deficit, and the Sun Devils beat Oregon 66-56 Saturday night.
Ike Diogu was 9-of-15 from the field and Moore 9-of-16, helping the Sun Devils (18-9, 7-8 Pac-10) overcome an otherwise dismal team performance.
Diogu had 23 points, but missed six free throws two nights after missing a career-worst seven in a 75-73 win over Oregon State.
Malik Hairston had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Aaron Brooks scored 17 points for the Ducks (12-11, 4-10). Brooks scored 12 in the second half, but couldn’t keep his team from losing for the eighth time in nine games.
Hairston and Mitch Platt had three-point plays as Oregon opened a 38-25 lead 1:20 into the second half.
Diogu started the rally by dunking an offensive rebound, and Moore had three straight baskets in a 1:36 span when the Sun Devils caught up, tying the game at 42 with a 3-pointer with 11:57 remaining.
Jason Braxton gave Arizona State its first lead, 50-49, when he stole the ball from Brooks on the dribble and dunked with 8:09 left. The Sun Devils took over for good at 54-53 on Diogu’s short jumper with 5:33 to go, Moore made a baseline runner, Diogu scored and Moore opened a 60-53 lead with a 14-footer with 2:30 left.
Hairston scored eight points in the game’s first 2:54, and the Ducks raced to a 16-6 lead on Jordan Kent’s basket with 13:47 left.
Arizona State, which was 2-for-12 over the same period, began to shoot better and cut its deficit to 22-21 when Bryson Krueger made a 3-pointer with 6:22 to go.
But Bryce Taylor made two 3-pointers after that, and the Ducks led 30-25 at halftime.