24Th-ranked Sun Devils beat Ducks

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EUGENE, Ore.-- James Harden scored 36 points and Jeff Pendergraph had 13 points and seven rebounds as No. 24 Arizona State pulled away in the second half for a 66-57 victory over Oregon last night.

The 6-foot-5 Harden, the Pac-10 Conference's scoring leader with a 21.9-point average, scored at least 30 points for the fifth time this season.

Harden's 36 is the highest scoring performance in a Pac-10 game this season. His season high is 40 points against UTEP on Nov. 30.

Harden was 11-of-21 from the field, including going 5-of-10 from 3-point range. He made eight of his last 11 shots after starting the game 3-of-9 from the field.

ASU ended a two-game losing streak and improved its record to 17-5 overall and 6-4 in the Pac-10.

The Sun Devils lost at home last week to Washington and Washington State.

Tujuan Porter had 18 points for Oregon, which fell to 6-16 overall and 0-10 in the conference.

The Ducks are off to their worst Pac-10 start since 1992-93 when they lost their first 11 games.

Last season, Oregon State became the only team to go 0-18 in Pac-10 history.

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